Monday, July 20, 2015

Dragash (Dragaš) oil wrestling in Kosovo


Dragash (Dragaš) is the name of a number of places a
and peoples of a number of loyalties live in hem.  he web is unclear which Independence is celebrated by oil wrestling, and by whom, and sensitivities run high.

For our purposes, it is enough to say that the peoples of this area are Muslim, and, until recently, were governed by he Ottoman Turks for more than a thousand years.  The oil wrestling culture runs deep, and has recently been revived.

The Dragash (Dragaš) competition id modest by Turkish standards, and beautiful.  Here are images from the 2013competition:

More cent images by the photographer Sadik Idrizi Aljabak are here.

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