Call it a game of violence or game of fun, everyone who plays becomes an addict to it. Te-ree one of my favorite childhood game, that makes me laugh every time I recall the name or play. Recently I introduced it to my best friends and they just loved it. In fact when I feel sleepy while studying my friend play this game to wake me up! I know every one of you love a little dose of violence when you are with your Betties or siblings and the most exciting thing you adore is the right to slap them! I’m in no doubt that every one of you have been slapped at least once in life by a friend, while playing or might be for doing something wrong. The feeling of slapping others is indescribable in words instead I would say it’s a game pleasure and fun that can only be felt and experienced. Anyone can play it but he or she must have the courage to get slapped! The game is not for those typical boring folks who feel ashamed thinking about their image among peers. To play Te-ree you need to get your ego aside if they want to play it.
Well the rules are quite simple and it may seem childish but you all know the famous saying “never kill your inner child” this quote goes with our Te-ree game because people around will call you insane but who cares!!!
Basically there are more than two players in this game, who tries to slap you on your cheeks and you have to protect yourself with your hands by covering your cheeks with them, each member of the game is an opponent to you thus you needs to keep all your senses awake to be safe and not to get slapped as anyone can attack you from any direction. If the opponent slaps you while your cheeks are covered then he/she become dismissed from the game. It’s a rule not to attack that person who is hiding his cheeks under his/her hands.
We used to play this in our school days more than a decade ago. We always loved it and have great memories of playing it. We laugh a laughed, get slapped some time hardly but it was fun. Few days back when I introduced to my friends, one of them suggested me to write about this game because she loved it. We play it almost daily, or say when we want to irritate a friend who seems bored. I have a friend she never slaps her friends so we used to target her knowing that she won’t slap but thanks to the inventor of the game she slapped back hard and we made her to break her rule of not slapping others.
The word Te-ree itself seems funny while pronouncing it, it is derived from the Tshina exclamation word “tar” which indicates the action of getting slapped and the sound that slap makes. If someone slaps you for real in anger the explanation word for it will be “tar” otherwise if you are playing you would say “Tir”.
Do try this at home :)
Shopan/joqeṣ̌ is a traditional dish from Gilgit-Baltistan particularly prepared on the occasion of Nasalo/Nos (Death celebration of cannibal king, Shari Badat). In Scotland, they call it Haggis and is their national dish.
· Stomach of sheep/goat or secum of cow/ox
· minced meat(fatty meat Gives rich taste) for filling 500g-1kg some people make it with buckwheat flour
· Salt to taste
· Red crushed chili
· Water to boil
· 3 Onions of medium size
· Cooking oil two tablespoon
· Two chopsticks and thread to seal
How to make the filling?
· Take a bowl and put the minced meat.
· Add salt, crushed red pepper and 3 chopped onion, mint, coriander and mix the ingredients.
How to fill?
· Clean stomach or secum very carefully and properly and to avoid the smell marinate it with lemon or vinegar overnight.
· Fill 1/3rd portion of stomach or secum with the mixture.
· With the help of chopstick and thread sew the stomach/secum.
How to cook?
· Take a deep pan and boil water add salt, keep heating until it starts boiling.
· Put the shopan/joqeṣ̌ into the boiling water.
· Cook it for three hours and add water if required.
· When it is cooked, drain the water to a bowl and serve shopan/joqeṣ̌ in a dish.
Cut the shopan and serve it with plain rice or with homemade wheat bread. Scots serve it with mashed potatoes.
Once it is cooked, It is preserved for the family members who live far away home. The filling of this dish is of two types, If the filling is made with buckwheat mixture we will call it Joqeṣ̌ and the one filled with meat and spices will be named Shopan. Its name may vary in GB as we have more than seven languages in different regions. These names of this dish are in Ṣ̌īnā. The buckwheat mixture of Joqeṣ̌ requires similar ingredients and procedure we use to make Gittey .
P.S. I don not own these pictures in the post.
It's again is a dish we make during Nasalo and preserve it to consume later on chilly days of winter specially Baw-no. Gittey( Git: singular) , more or less looks and taste like sausages, made with intestines of the sacrificed animal on the occasion of Nasalo/Nos.
· Intestines of cow/sheep/ox/goat
· Wheat flour or buckwheat flour or minced meat for filling 500g
· Salt to taste
· Red crushed chili
· Coriander powder
· Mint powder
· Water to boil
· 3 Onions of medium size
· Cooking oil two table spoon
How to make the filling?
· Take bowl put wheat flour, buckwheat flour or minced meat.
· If yiu want meat mixture
a. Take a pan heat put two table spoon of cooking oil
b. Put the meat mixture in it and cook it for 15 minutes
c. Cool the mixture
How to fill the intestines?
· Clean intestines very carefully and properly.
· Fill the mixture into the intestines. Be careful while filling and avoid making holes because the layer of intestines are very thin.
· When intestines are filled make knots on both sides so the filling doesn’t spill out.
How to cook?
· Take a deep pan and boil water add salt, 1 chopped onion, mint and coriander powder.
· Put the filled intestines and cook for 35 -45 minutes.
· When it is cooked, drain the water to a bowl and put the gitty in a dish.
You can serve it by cutting into slices with the soup. Normally we Preserve it and serve with different dishes on different ocasions untill the harvesting festival, Ganoni/Ginani. The soup of these boiled intestines is used to make another dish called sharadi / Garma, it's not a dish that can be preserve so we enjoy it once we are done cooking.
In case you want to make this dish as an alternative of sausage and preserve , do not cut it into slices and keep in fridge.
Balbat a sport very much similar to Stone Put, a game of Scottish people is one of favorite sport of Gilgit Baltistan men played mostly in winters. The reason behind playing it in winter to keep the body warm in chilly cold days when sun play hide and seek with the Valleys of GB.
Unfortunately we don’t have sport complexes thus usually men get together in an uncultivated field, a meadow or in a school Ground to enjoy the Game.
A circle is drawn with the help of a stick, the player stands in the midpoint of the circle holding a stone/rock in his hand, while he can use only one hand to bowl it.while putting the pressure he canot cross the border of the circle,if he does is is declared disqualified. With the help of his hand he releases that stone with all his power at forward direction. The winner is one who uses the heaviest rock and covers the highest distance.
In put stone, the Scottish use a rock weighing 16lb to 26lb for men and 8lb to 18 lb for women but we don’t have any specific weight for the rock selection.It depends on how much a player can hold.
It’s strange our women doesn’t play any traditional sport, it’s not that our women doesn’t play any sport they do play such as our young women are into mountain climbing play Cricket and Hockey on national and international grounds but I see lack of interest in promoting our traditional sports. Even I myself played Balbat in my childhood but as time passed I didn’t play it again might be because of the surroundings or I might have loose interest in playing it.
I hope my work will inspire our youth to uphold our own sports; otherwise they will become part of piece of paper in history books.
If you want to read more about Gilgit Baltistan.here is a list that might help you,
- Tribes of Hindukush by Biddulph
- Lost horizon by James Hilton
- Hunza-Lost Kingdom Of Himalayas by John Clarck
- Tareekh-e-Chitral, by mirza Mohammad Ghafran in Persian and translated by his son Lt Mirza Ghulam Murtaza in urdu
- Dardistan by G. W. Leitner
- Azad Jamu Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan
- Chitral : a study in statecraft
- A History of Ladakh, Gilgit, Baltistan by Parvez Dewan
- Gilgit Baltistan:Between hope and Despair by Ahmed Hussain Dani
- The Kafirs of Hindu Kush
- Language and races of Dardistan
|Zero Point of Rakaposhi|
The 11th highest peak of Karakorum Range and 27th highest peak of the world, Rakaposhi, with an elevation of 7788m is situated in heavenly Nagar Valley of Gilgit-Baltistan.the Parent Mountain is Khunyan Chiss, the second highest mountain of Hisper Muztag. It’s a point of tourist attraction from all around the world and one best place for hikers, mountain lovers. The first mountaineers who ascent Rakaposhi in 1958 were two British, Mike Banks and Tom Patey.
Zero point Rakaposhi, is the closest point to Rakaposhi at Gulmat, Nagar. You can enjoy the beautiful view of the peak from Karakorum Highway while traveling to Hunza or from Hunza to Gilgit. But if you want a more beautiful clear view you have to travel through lower Hunza villages ( Hussainabad, Mayoon and Khanabad) from where you can see the whole surroundings of Rakaposhi and nearby peaks very clearly. For photographer I will recommend to travel through lower Hunza, the road is not good but if you are visiting the area after spending you money you would want to have so beautiful picture of natural beauty of Rakaposhi and it’s only possible if you visit via the rout mentioned.
Enjoy your trip :)
The death celebration of the cannibal king, Shari Badat, generally known as Noce/Nasalo by Tshina speakers of Gilgit and Lower Hunza whereas Brusho of Hunza calls it Tamashaling/Thumasaling, is one of most important festival celebrated in Gilgit Baltistan. The celebration starts in early morning of 21st December when every household heads towards a specific place general a barren field holding Flambeaus of alpine firewood, every household brings burning sticks in their hands which later is given a bonfire shape by combining all the flambeaus remembering the day when Shari Badat was burnt by the brave villagers. At the arrival of every villager, starts the melodious and unique music by local musicians and joyful dancing of the inhabitants around the fire that fascinates everyone. They forget about the chilly and freezing night of winters and enjoy it without thinking about hard worldly affairs.
Elders play acts wearing Special kind of cloths and transform their identity to a character generally known as “Jateer” by Shina speakers. Those Covered faces illustrate the celebration of Halloween in Eastern Style and seems like a hide and seek game because the audience try to identify the hidden faces under those covered outfits. The dance, singing and that melodious music ends At Dawn and they return home to celebrate another ritual.
Following the early morning gathering, comes the sacrifice of an animal in the memory of the death of cruel king. It is believed that if the people stop sacrificing an animal he will return someday with his evil thought of killing infants to feed himself again. Each family sacrifices an animal (a halal one) on that day every year.
You must be wondering what happens next or the celebration ends here?
Well...No, it doesn’t end here. The next formal procedure is the consumption of sacrificed animal which is inimitable and exciting. Firstly they cook liver of the sacrificed animal which is fried and served to the family. For lunch, they prepare a curry with some of intestines, rumen, heart and kidneys and served it with bread made at home with wheat flour. At night they make” Gittey( a sausage like dish), shopan, and joqeṣ̌ ( these are like haggis , a Scottish dish ) with remaining intestines and stomach and secum and preserve to consume later on another festival that comes after 11 days of Noce. The remaining meat is preserved for upcoming festivals i.e. baw-no, be-phaw, maroch-tic and Ganoni.
It’s very sad to say today with passing time all the rituals are hardly followed by the people, they all does sacrifice but the get together diapering from the celebration and hardly a few people celebrate it with all the formal procedures.