Today, that topic is Turkish Oil Wrestling.
And I have included pictures to help you come to understand this interesting, legitimate and exotic sport. While fascinating, remember it is important for us to expand our world view.
Imagine, if you will, swarthy shirtless young men - and only the young men, because nothing grosser than an old Turkman - donning leather "capri" looking pants ("kisbit").
|These wrestlers are just rocking their kisbits.|
The kisbit is a described as a leather "lederhosen", made of calf skin. They used to do this in the naked strip, but once the Ottoman Empire converted to Islam, the kisbit came into being for modesty sake.
|The Kisbit ensures modesty. Note the oil can on the left.|
Before the festivities start, and in a ritualistic fashion, the wrestlers oil themselves and each other up head to toe with olive oil. They even oil up under the kisbit, but we'll get to that reason in a minute. But it is legitimate.
|It is important for Turkish heterosexual wrestlers to respect one and other by oiling each other up.|
Now the mutual oiling is a Turkish sign of respect.
|To win, you need to control your opponent.|
Holds include hand and arm down the backside of the pants, and hand and arm down the front side of the pants.
Don't believe what you see? Let's try that again, shall we?
|Try and focus on the tradition here, people.|
And the man who loses the match kissing the hand of the man who just won.
How popular is this sport? It's the NATIONAL sport of the Turks.
|Just like baseball is to Americans, Oil Wrestling is to the Turks|
And how long has this sport been going on?
2013 will mark the 652 year of the main modern day tournament.
|A scene from the 2012 tournament.|
Now for Mr. Peenee's sake, here's video of the national tournament:
Consider your world view of sport expanded. And someone get Peenee some water.
From Cookie's Culture Corner, this is Cookie saying "Good Day, Good Night and Sweet Dreams!"
You can read more at: http://www.turkishoilwrestling.net/