Traditional Sports

Project Info

Kategori Research, Publication. Promotion
Yer-Zaman Van, Ankara, Kars, Edirne, İzmir
Ortaklar-Destek Public Institutions, Academic Institutions, Local Governments, NGOs
Anahtar Kelime

Project Description

Kırkpınar Oil Wrestling

Kırkpınar Oil Wrestling is one of the oldest festivals of the world, born in Rumeli in XIV. “Pehlivan” character is an important cultural identity element for Turks. Wrestling and festivals are held in areas called “the field of contest”. This event, which is performed by a group of traditional clothes such as pehlivan, wrestling band, cezgır, drums-zurnacı, yağçı, paşgirci with a series of ceremonies and rituals, is watched with great enthusiasm in Turkey. A research and documentation is carried out.

Buzkashi Game

The Kyrgyz people who have to migrate to Turkey from Pamir Plateau of Afghanistan are located in Ulupamir village of Van Erciş District. In Ulupamir, the “buzkaşi” (trying to catch a goat) played by horses is an important cultural element. Research and documentation have been made on the “buzkashii” game, also known as “kökpar, ulak tartu, capricorn”.

Camel Wrestling Tradition

Camel wrestling, which is held in many places from Çanakkale to Antalya, is usually held between November and March every year with the organization of towns and municipalities. The camel wrestling in the Selçuk district of Izmir is a popular event with a wide participation. This work involves researching and documenting camel wrestling.


From Ancient Greece to Ottomans, javelin sports was known and this sport is still played. Javelin on horses is played as two teams. Javelin thrower on horses will hit their opponents with small spear-shaped bar called javelin. Javelin is a hard and dangerous sport. This tradition continues in Kars, Erzurum.

Traditional Sports Promotion Video

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