Kırkpınar: the oil wrestling

July 26, 2012 at 6:27pm

It was the year 1346.

Sultan Orhan’s Army was returning from a victorious campaign in Thrace, and camped close to Adrianople. Forty warriors challenged each other into a wrestling tournament and their commander, the Sultan’s son, offered combat leather trousers as a trophy for the winner. But none of the last two champions, two brothers, could prevail. They wrestled for a day and a night and at last they both died of exhaustion, without a winner. Their comrades buried them under a fig tree and nailed the trophy to the it.