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Sports/ThrillsTurkey Oil Wrestling

They are called Pehlivans...modern day gladiators locked in battle in the ancient sport of Turkish oil wrestling. For 600 years men from all over Turkey have gathered at Edirne, former capital of the Ottoman empire, to compete in a heroic festival of national honor. Doused in olive oil and clad traditional leather pants, boys and men in twelve age and experience categories wrestle with opponents- often for hours- until experience, skill, and fatigue crown the next national champion.

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3531_001

Region

Eurasia

Country

Turkey

Date

1980s

Length

00:03:56

Color

Color

Sound

Sound

Video format

Beta

License

Rights Managed

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