x0x How Do You Dress a Turkish Wrestler? In Olive Oil and Leather Britches
- x0x How Do You Dress a Turkish Wrestler? In Olive Oil and Leather Britches
Old Sport's New Rules Are Too Slick to Some; 'You Have to Know How to Grab
By MARC CHAMPION
The Wall Street Journal
EDIRNE, Turkey.Turkish oil wrestling is all about the leather britches.
For three days this weekend, some 1,500 men.from 11-year-old striplings to
improbably muscled Goliaths.donned long, thick, black pants made of
water-buffalo and cowhide. Then, they doused themselves in olive oil from
head to toe and strode into a grassy gladiatorial arena.
It's the annual Kirkpinar oil-wrestling tournament, which has been staged
here for 650 years. To the uninitiated, it seems little more than an open
field of oily mayhem. Not so to the appreciative crowd, which roars with
excitement at sudden throws or clever holds."belly sees the sky" being a
particular winner.as executed by their oil-wrestling favorites.
"Oh my, I feel like I'll die of my excitement.the sweat-stained grass
smells of oil," says the Kirkpinar anthem, sung in the procession to open
the tournament. In the past, bouts between two men could last for hours
and continue the next day.
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