Religion, Theology and Sport

Authored by: Gregg Twietmeyer

Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Sport

Print publication date:  March  2015
Online publication date:  March  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415829809
eBook ISBN: 9780203466261
Adobe ISBN: 9781134119141


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The association between sport and religion is by most accounts an ancient one. The intermingling of sport and its precursors with religion can be found in numerous ancient cultures all around the globe. From the ancient Olympics, to the Meso-American ball games, to the fertility and initiation rituals of North American Indians (Guttmann, 2004), a plenitude of sport’s religious associations are identifiable in the ancient world.

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