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Ever Seen Camels Wrestle?

By Rediff News Bureau
January 18, 2022 11:23 IST
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Please click on the images for glimpses of the 40th annual Efes Selcuk Camel Wrestling Festival in the Aegean town of Selcuk, near Izmir, Turkey.

IMAGE: Wrestling camel Ozarslan Bey, adorned with colourful ornaments, takes part in the Camel Beauty Contest ahead of the camel wrestling festival.
All photographs: Murad Sezer/Reuters

 

IMAGE: A wrestling camel is paraded before the Camel Beauty Contest.

 

IMAGE: Wrestling camel Ozarslanbey is paraded at the Pamucak Arena.

 

IMAGE: Camels wait for the start of the competition.

 

IMAGE: Spectators eagerly wait for the camels to start wrestling.

 

IMAGE: A prayer before the competition begins.

 

IMAGE: Spectators toast the camels.

 

IMAGE: Camels wrestle in the Pamucak Arena.

 

IMAGE: Spectators agog at the camel bouts.

 

IMAGE: Humans take over from the camels in the arena -- to dance, not wrestle.

 

Photographs curated by Manisha Kotian/Rediff.com
Feature Presentation: Ashish Narsale/Rediff.com

 
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