But by far the most of the tilting is done on land, around the campfire. For this we use two barrels, about flour barrel size. These are set level, exactly a spear length apart, centre to centre.
Each fighter takes his place on a barrel, and his game is to put the other off the other barrel. To prevent accidents, we have usually a catcher behind each man. The umpire stands alongside, near the middle.
It is a foul to use the spear as a club, or to push below the knees, or to push the barrel, or to seize the other man's spear in your hand.
A foul gives the round to the other man.
The round is over when one man is off.
It is a draw when both go off together.
They change barrels and spears after each round.
If one drops his spear, and recovers it without going off, it is all right.
The battle is usually for 5, 7, or 11 rounds.
I do not know of any good thrusts having been invented, but several good parries are well known. One is to use your spear-handle as a single stick. The best players parry much by wriggling the body. Often, when overbalanced, one can regain by spinning completely around.
So much for the game. It is immensely popular at night by the blazing campfire, and is especially used in initiations.