Oil wrestling is one of the most popular sports in Turkey.
In the United States, two oily men wrestling each other in a park could probably be perceived as inappropriate. Luckily, that’s not the case in some other countries. In Turkey, for example, men oil up and grapple in the grass while thrusting their hands inside their partner’s leather trousers for a sport known as oil wrestling.
What Is Turkish Oil Wrestling?
Although to the untrained eye it may look like a circuit party; it’s actually a sport known as oil wrestling or grease wrestling (Yagli Gures in Turkish). Oil wrestling, Turkey’s national sport, is a combat sport in which men douce their bodies in olive oil and then attempt to pin their opponents, there’s no penalty for holding.
The entire competition is based on contenders battling to shove their hands down their opponent’s pants, which are called kispet. While it may appear to be lawless their wrestling, there are rules to the game. For example, wrestlers are not allowed to take hold of their opponents.
While pinning an oiled lad is typically an easy job, it’s much harder when your partner is trying to top and pin you at the same time. According to the rules of Turkish Wrestling, the first fighter to have their “umbilicus exposed to heaven” loses the match. To win, you must keep your umbilicus (belly button) facing the ground at all times.
Although the photos below are exciting in general, the most captivating factor is the level of physical comfort the men have in touching each other. In many cultures, that degree of contact could be viewed as taboo.
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