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date: 27 September 2020


Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport
Cora BurnettCora BURNETT

Ritual is a complex subject that has drawn the attention of scholars from several disciplines. As applied to sport, ritual is a symbolic statement that provides meaning to individuals and groups. Sport participation has been associated with a ritual dimension across times and in different contexts. At events, such ritual content has special meaning and is understood by a wider audience across cultures. Ritualized behavior by athletes and fans helps manage anxiety, builds teamwork, and serves as a magical means to influence the outcome of the contest. One of the most famous pregame rituals is the performance of the haka by the New Zealand All Blacks before international rugby matches. ...

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