There are reasons to go to Istanbul, like the Blue Mosque, Topkapi, cute fez hats, staying at the prison from Midnight Express that’s now a Four Seasons…
And then there’s the whole Turkish Oil Wrestling (Turkish: yağlı güreş) phenomenon.
Also known as Grease Wrestling, this is the Turkish national sport. Wrestlers, known as pehlivan, wearing a type of hand-stitched lederhosen called a kisbet (sometimes kispet), douse themselves with olive oil. Unlike Olympic wrestling, oil wrestling matches may be won by achieving an effective hold of the kisbet. In other words the wrestlers (pehlivan) aim to dominate their opponents by putting his arm all the way up/down/into their opponent’s kisbet — those short leather short pants.
NOooooo, NOT GAY at ALL.
Where can you find this
gay porn event happening every year? The largest match, the annual Kırkpınar tournament, is held in Edirne every June…since 1362. It claims to be the oldest continuously running, sporting competition in the world. According to Wikipedia, this style of OIL WRESTLING has, in recent years, become popular elsewhere, particularly the Netherlands and Japan. Ummhmm, now there’s a surprise. Oil wrestling in lederhosen is popular in Tokyo and Amsterdam.
If Olympic Wrestling were more like this, we’re thinking the outgoing pope and his bff wouldn’t have let them cancel it. (Not that the papacy really has a say in that…or do they?)
Oh yeah, there’s a GIF… You’re welcome.
Images courtesy: Turkish Oil Wrestlers Tumblr