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Have you heard of this popular Iraqi game ‘find the ring’


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Have you guys heard of a game called ‘Mheibes’ (Arabic meaning Ring)? Not sure if it is played anywhere else than in Iraq, where it is extremely popular , especially during Ramadan, where big tournaments are usually held in the capital and other provinces. As kids, we usually to play it when we lived in Baghdad.

The rules of the game are simple , but winning or getting a point is not as easy: two teams consisting of 20 or more people rotate in hiding a ring, with the captain of the other team having to find the ring in the palm of someone from the opposing team. The game is mostly based on reading body language and the science of Physiognomy.

Wikipedia article about the game: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mheibes

And apparently, there is an English equivalent of this game called Up Jenkins? Never heard of this until today: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Up_Jenkins

Here are some videos of one Iraq’s best players. Watch how he brilliantly finds the ring. This guy can not only spot fear on your face when you have the ring, he can almost smell it!

View: https://youtu.be/yq-dJCXhpSc

View: https://youtu.be/XIYZneLNnJg


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It sounds so familiar actually. Definitely not something that is unheard of. Someone's definitely whispered it around me.