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date: 15 September 2019


Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport
Thomas F. ScanlonThomas F. SCANLON

Sports in mythology is a fruitful, thematic area of study, less so for what it tells about the technical aspects of historical sports than for what it conveys about the values of a people through the content and structure of the narrative. The victor is shown as deserving to win, whether by skill or divine aid, and thus stands as a paragon of ideals that inspires audiences. Great cultural figures, such as Gilgamesh, Jacob, and Muhammad, enter into challenge contests that affirm and emphasize their authority. ...

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