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Religiosity as a main element in the ancient Olympic Games

Religiosity as a main element in the ancient Olympic Games The purpose of this essay is to explore the factors which linked the ancient Olympic Games with the religious feelings and practices of ancient Greek society. From their origins in prehistoric times the games celebrated at Olympia were based on the religious traditions of the community and formed an integral part of the religious feelings and practices of the individual. At a time when religion was intimately associated with every aspect of social evolution, it was only natural that religious feeling should influence competitive activities and that the organization of contests should be integrated into the ritual systems of religious practice. This intensely religious element of the ancient games formed the basis underlying their revival in the historical period (from 776 BC onwards) and helped to ensure their survival for many centuries. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sport in Society Taylor & Francis

Religiosity as a main element in the ancient Olympic Games

Sport in Society , Volume 11 (1): 12 – Jan 1, 2008
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Taylor & Francis
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1743-0445
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1743-0437
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10.1080/17430430701717665
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Abstract

The purpose of this essay is to explore the factors which linked the ancient Olympic Games with the religious feelings and practices of ancient Greek society. From their origins in prehistoric times the games celebrated at Olympia were based on the religious traditions of the community and formed an integral part of the religious feelings and practices of the individual. At a time when religion was intimately associated with every aspect of social evolution, it was only natural that religious feeling should influence competitive activities and that the organization of contests should be integrated into the ritual systems of religious practice. This intensely religious element of the ancient games formed the basis underlying their revival in the historical period (from 776 BC onwards) and helped to ensure their survival for many centuries.

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Sport in SocietyTaylor & Francis

Published: Jan 1, 2008

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