Here are some of my neighbours playing a familiar carnival game. For 75 francs (15 cents) a toss, you can try to throw a metal ring around one of several tantalizing prizes – including tinned meat, tomato sauce, cooking oil, and a bottle of beer. The most desirable prizes are placed furthest from the player.
TV hasn’t really made it to Kindamba yet, so this is a major spectator sport. Rings are not flung haphazardly. Before a toss there is a lot of discussion, consultation, sizing up of the different prizes and the probability of scoring them.
When I arrived to watch, players and audience were momentarily distracted. I don’t speak Lari, but the theme of the conversation seemed to be “Hey, the white guy’s here.”
I figured that all the extra attention would spoil my concentration, so I declined to play. Maybe next week.