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Senegalese Wrestling

Laamb, Lutte Traditionnelle

Member Organization(s)

Comite National de Gestion de la Lutte (CNGL)

Introduction

Laamb is a type of Folk wrestling traditional to Senegal and parts of The Gambia and is part of a larger West African form of traditional wrestling. The Senegalese form traditionally allows blows with the hands(frappe), the only of the West African traditions to do so. As a larger confederation and championship around Lutte Traditionnelle has developed since the 1990s, Senegalese fighters now practice both forms, called officially Lutte Traditionnelle sans frappe(for the international version) and Lutte Traditionnelle avec frappe(for the striking version).

History

In Senegal, traditional wrestling has its roots in the culture and community of rural villages - particularly among the Serer people. What began as tribal preparations for battle developed into village rituals and soon a form of entertainment. Men traditionally fought at village festivals after the harvest season as a way of attracting women, proving their virility, and bringing honor to their communities.

But in the past 50 years, traditional Senegalese wrestling has grown exponentially to become a major national sport for both men and women - with celebrity fighters competing for big prize money in large stadia and in front of thousands of fans.

References

Al Jazeera World (10 July 2019). Senegal: Wrestling with Reality. Al Jazeera.

Comite National de Gestion de la Lutte (2016). WoMAU membership application form.

Laamb. Sasori.

 





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