crazy dancing in Turkey

When I was in Istanbul, some friends introduced me to this incredible cinematic moment of dance on camera

recently i found this follow-up:

and the man that the character of Borat is allegedly based upon: http://www.istanbul.tc/mahir/mahir/

All this leads me to wonder....are these dancing guys trying to be funny? Is it a similar impulse to Frank Zappa's attraction to the Shaggs, or fascination with Shooby Taylor - so bad that it's genius? Are they so uninhibited because of stupidity, intoxication, self-daring or a combination of these things?

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