Kurdish youth take part in 'Whip Fest'

Young Kurdish fight each other with whips at Dicle in Diyarbakir as part of a 1,000-year-old tradition that they believe will increase the harvest
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Kurdish youngsters hit each other with whips on May 29, 2013 at Dicle, in Diyarbakir. They fight to prove their courage as part of a thousand-year old tradition that Diyarbakir locals believe will increase their harvest. The so-called 'Whip Fest' is held every year in the last week of May for a bountiful harvest in several villages across Dicle town of southeastern Diyarbakir city. Some 1,500 people poured into the village of Durubeyli to watch the festivities while the youngster whipped each other, sometimes quite harshly. The thick rope whips are soaked in water for a day before they are used, and the fighting continues despite the deep scars left on the skins of the village youth. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Kurdish youngsters hit each other with whips on May 29, 2013 at Dicle, in Diyarbakir. They fight to prove their courage as part of a thousand-year old tradition that Diyarbakir locals believe will increase their harvest. The so-called 'Whip Fest' is held every year in the last week of May for a bountiful harvest in several villages across Dicle town of southeastern Diyarbakir city. Some 1,500 people poured into the village of Durubeyli to watch the festivities while the youngster whipped each other, sometimes quite harshly. The thick rope whips are soaked in water for a day before they are used, and the fighting continues despite the deep scars left on the skins of the village youth. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Kurdish youngsters hit each other with whips on May 29, 2013 at Dicle, in Diyarbakir. They fight to prove their courage as part of a thousand-year old tradition that Diyarbakir locals believe will increase their harvest. The so-called 'Whip Fest' is held every year in the last week of May for a bountiful harvest in several villages across Dicle town of southeastern Diyarbakir city. Some 1,500 people poured into the village of Durubeyli to watch the festivities while the youngster whipped each other, sometimes quite harshly. The thick rope whips are soaked in water for a day before they are used, and the fighting continues despite the deep scars left on the skins of the village youth. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Kurdish youngsters hit each other with whips on May 29, 2013 at Dicle, in Diyarbakir. They fight to prove their courage as part of a thousand-year old tradition that Diyarbakir locals believe will increase their harvest. The so-called 'Whip Fest' is held every year in the last week of May for a bountiful harvest in several villages across Dicle town of southeastern Diyarbakir city. Some 1,500 people poured into the village of Durubeyli to watch the festivities while the youngster whipped each other, sometimes quite harshly. The thick rope whips are soaked in water for a day before they are used, and the fighting continues despite the deep scars left on the skins of the village youth. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Kurdish youngsters hit each other with whips on May 29, 2013 at Dicle, in Diyarbakir. They fight to prove their courage as part of a thousand-year old tradition that Diyarbakir locals believe will increase their harvest. The so-called 'Whip Fest' is held every year in the last week of May for a bountiful harvest in several villages across Dicle town of southeastern Diyarbakir city. Some 1,500 people poured into the village of Durubeyli to watch the festivities while the youngster whipped each other, sometimes quite harshly. The thick rope whips are soaked in water for a day before they are used, and the fighting continues despite the deep scars left on the skins of the village youth. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Kurdish youngsters hit each other with whips on May 29, 2013 at Dicle, in Diyarbakir. They fight to prove their courage as part of a thousand-year old tradition that Diyarbakir locals believe will increase their harvest. The so-called 'Whip Fest' is held every year in the last week of May for a bountiful harvest in several villages across Dicle town of southeastern Diyarbakir city. Some 1,500 people poured into the village of Durubeyli to watch the festivities while the youngster whipped each other, sometimes quite harshly. The thick rope whips are soaked in water for a day before they are used, and the fighting continues despite the deep scars left on the skins of the village youth. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Kurdish youngsters hit each other with whips on May 29, 2013 at Dicle, in Diyarbakir. They fight to prove their courage as part of a thousand-year old tradition that Diyarbakir locals believe will increase their harvest. The so-called 'Whip Fest' is held every year in the last week of May for a bountiful harvest in several villages across Dicle town of southeastern Diyarbakir city. Some 1,500 people poured into the village of Durubeyli to watch the festivities while the youngster whipped each other, sometimes quite harshly. The thick rope whips are soaked in water for a day before they are used, and the fighting continues despite the deep scars left on the skins of the village youth. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Kurdish youngsters hit each other with whips on May 29, 2013 at Dicle, in Diyarbakir. They fight to prove their courage as part of a thousand-year old tradition that Diyarbakir locals believe will increase their harvest. The so-called 'Whip Fest' is held every year in the last week of May for a bountiful harvest in several villages across Dicle town of southeastern Diyarbakir city. Some 1,500 people poured into the village of Durubeyli to watch the festivities while the youngster whipped each other, sometimes quite harshly. The thick rope whips are soaked in water for a day before they are used, and the fighting continues despite the deep scars left on the skins of the village youth. (AFP/Getty Images)