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Traditional Indian wrestlers of Kolhapur, India.
Kolhapur is one of the centers of traditional wrestling in India. In India, wrestling takes place in a clay or dirt pit. The soil is mixed with ghee and other things and is tended to before each practice. Traditional Indian wrestling isn't just a sport - it's an ancient subculture where wrestlers live and train together and follow strict rules on everything from what they can eat to what they can do in their spare time.
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