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Encyclopedia of Play in Today's Society

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Encyclopedia of Play in Today's Society

Rodney P. Carlisle

Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.

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Turkey

Justin Corfield

Traditional games in Turkey from ancient times revolved around tests of strength and prowess, with events such as archery or slingshot competitions being popular. Feats of horse-riding were also seen as events to enthrall crowds, with horse archery and also forms of games similar to polo coming to gain many adherents. Wrestling still remains popular there, becoming an Olympic sport as Graeco-Roman wrestling, with the Turkish version often known as yagli gures (“oiled combat”), with both wrestlers covered in olive oil prior to the start of a tournament. Gradually, purely recreational games began to be followed, especially by children. Playing with handmade toys and marbles certainly date back to ancient times, as does kite flying and ...

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