While researching for the Festivals Rituals and Ceremonies portfolio, Glenn came across the sport of oil wrestling in Turkey. Much like rugby in New Zealand oil wrestling has a season and villages have teams of different weights.
At the end of a wrestling season there are National Championships and these were held at Erdirne when Glenn photographed it in 1986. The use of olive oil to add to opponents' problems was an amusing spectacle and the whole field became slippery.
Oil Wrestling Turkey
Turkey, Erdirne, Festival of Erdirne Kirpinar 1986