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Turkey’s storied line of festivals dates back to the almost ancient years of the Ottoman Empire. The Turks love a good spectacle. Every year, they suit up camels in ornate cloth, set a pair into a ring and let them run wild on each other, brother. At Yağlı Güreş, men oil up and engage in testosterone fueled wrestling competitions for the alpha male status. They, like many of their Middle Eastern neighbors celebrate the Mevlana Festival with Whirling Dervishes. It’s an amazing sight. Men spin tightly for minutes as their unique attire flares into diameters of swirling circles.
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