National Geographic : 1938 Sep
FRENZIED TUAREG DUELERS LEAP FROM THEIR CAMELS, HURL SPEARS, THEN "FIGHT" WILDLY WITH SWORD AND SHIELD Battling on the ground consists largely of footwork, in which standing broad jumps, forward, backward, and tothe side, predominate. Shields aremade ofcamel hide, and the swords, quite Roman in design, are razor sharp. The sport often gets out of bounds as excitement growsamong theparticipants, and they areapttodoeach other serious injury. Dueling lasts until nightfall (page 331). In the background rises one of the buildings of Agades, atrade center attheintersection ofseveral important caravan routes. This city of 3,000 huts was in existence in the 15th century.