Pehlivan is a Persian word normally meaning brave, but it also has a number of secondary meanings: officer, governor, a physically large man or a person who tells the truth. Throughout history the word has been used with a variety of meanings. The Seljuks used to employ the word to refer to heroic warriors, accomplished shooters and wrestlers. In the 16th century, it was used exclusively for athletes, and this practice continued to the end of the reign of Sultan Mahmut II.
The entire Turkish nation, including women and children, loves wrestling, and they respect wrestlers for their roots in the culture of warriors and heroism. People love pehlivans because they are physically stronger than everyone else, as well as muscular, healthy-looking, and brave, and because they have strong characters and you can trust their word.
In Ottoman times, wrestling contests were held as a part of festivals and weddings or as a way to raise funds for groups promoting social welfare.
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AthaPan (0) 2006-05-01 10:03
the expression of this face is so outstanding, he is tired but he does not want ot give up.
In Greece we do have the same fights too... but the roots seems to be from the ancient Greeks if you believe the sources :-)
Anyway, I like this one, sharp and detailful...
cessy (13647) 2006-05-01 10:22
expressions well captured
ow808wo (0) 2006-05-01 10:36
They look like two exhausted wreslers at the end of their effort. Your previous photo showing those men in a more dynamic fighting position captured my imagination a bit better..
yanm (1485) 2006-05-01 10:49
i think i would love this also in b/w
Spunkie (318) 2006-05-01 11:03
This is wonderful. Their expressions on their faces is really captivating.
CaptainJack (0) 2006-05-01 12:55
Hi Onur, a really "gripping" moment in time that you've spotted here, a great clash of the titans. From their expressions, flushed faces and exhausted eyes, it gives a true sense of the battle in which they are engaged. Excellent choice with the tight crop on their heads, as it tells the whole story, even without seeing the muscular bodies you described in your note.
cunejo200 (7281) 2006-08-28 6:59
I love this photo. Very expressive showing the tired wrestlers. Their facial expression is pricesless. Best wishes. Danilo
kayra (162) 2006-08-30 11:07
Pehlivanlarin ifadeleri cok etkileyici, nefis bir kadraj olmus, eline saglik..
- Copyright: onur coban (Fuseki) (861)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-08-28
- Categories: Festivals
- Camera: Canon D60, Canon 70-200m/m 2.8L USM
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/350 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Portraits of my definition [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-05-01 9:58