The Traditional Sport of Fingerhakeln (Finger Wrestling)

The traditional sport of Fingerhakeln, literally translated from German as “finger pulling”, is a finger wrestling match that was once used to settle disputes. Two participants sit opposite one another and grab onto a both ends of a leather strap with one finger, each with the goal of pulling the other over the table. Needless to say, finger injuries are common.

Fingerhakeln is a competitive event that dates back centuries. Dislocated fingers are a common injury.

via Neatorama

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

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