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Feature - Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling
Emin Ozmen
Each year, the Turkish city of Edirne attracts a wide range of people to its Oil Wrestling Festival. Inscribed in the list of UNECO Intangible Cultural Heritage, the festival is considered to be the world's oldest continuously held sporting competition.
Wrestlers, known as "Pehlivan”, have come to compete in the arena for 658 years. Edirne, once the capital of the Ottoman Empire and home to important works of art, has proudly been carrying this old tradition to next generations. The Festival takes place in July, the hottest month of the year in the region, where temperature can reach 40 degrees.
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TURKEY. Edirne, 2019. Young wrestlers rest on the grass before...
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TURKEY. Edirne, 2019. Festival band play marches during the opening...
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TURKEY. Edirne, 2019. Young wrestlers rest on the grass before...
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TURKEY. Edirne, 2019. Young men watch the competition behind...
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TURKEY. Edirne, 2019. Young wrestlers wait for their match to...
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TURKEY. Edirne, 2019. People react on the bleachers during the...
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TURKEY. Edirne, 2019. Ali Gurbuz and his supporters run on the...
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TURKEY. Edirne, 2019. Wrestlers compete during a match at Kirkpinar...
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TURKEY. Edirne, 2019. A wrestler cools off at a fountain after...
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TURKEY. Edirne, 2019. A young wrestler talks with his mother...
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TURKEY. Edirne, 2019. A family seen at Kirkpinar's funfair during...
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TURKEY. Edirne, 2019. After losing his match, a wrestler collapsed...
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TURKEY. Edirne, 2019. A coach comforts a wrestler after he lost...
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TURKEY. Edirne, 2019. Wrestlers are coated with oil before their...
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TURKEY. Edirne, 2019. A wrestler cools off at a fountain. He...
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TURKEY. Edirne, 2019. A young wrestler desperately collapses...
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TURKEY. Edirne, 2019. People enjoy their time at Kirkpinar's...
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TURKEY. Edirne, 2019. Young girl seen on a swing near arena of...
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