Were the ancient Burmese, Thai, Cambodian and Lao bare-knuckle/bound-fist bouts a fight to the death, or were they fought for the most part in a more civilized manner?

In this article, we explore how these arts were fought both ways: one a fight to the finish; and the other in well-regulated bouts. Both ways were fought during numerous festivals, rituals, and feasts as a form of entertainment for the people to enjoy and take part in.

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