Out of all the world's national sports (Chile has rodeo, Pakistan has cricket and Japan has sumo wrestling) Turkish oil wrestling may be one of the most visually appealing sports for gay men around the world.
Turkey's national sport has existed and excited for thousands of years, tracing its origin back to the ancient Ottoman empire.
The sport is one of the most physically demanding around, as wrestlers must use their strength and tact to wriggle around and eventually dominate their opponent.
As a sporting culture, Turkish oil wrestling demonstrates a comraderie and respect between male athletes that is honored on and off the field.
Gay Star Travel takes you through the history and customs that make this sport one of the most primal activities in the modern world. All photography by Cemil Kömürcü.
The practice of wrestling as a sport came to rise during the Ottoman Empire, when soldiers needing stimulation between battle runs started wrestling each other.
The wrestlers are called pehlivan, which is Persian for ‘champion’.
Before the competition, the athletes cover their entire bodies in olive oil mixed in water.
The most important tournaments take place in Edirne in the beginning of July