Sport as (Spi)rituality


  • Roberto Cipriani Università Roma Tre



sport, spirituality, rituality, symbols, games, spectacle


This article deals with the relationship between sport and (spi)rituality from an anthropological and sociological point of view. There are several convergences but also many differences between the two spheres. However, the affinities appear to be more numerous and meaningful than the divergences. In particular the presence of prayer during sporting events is stressed to foreground the notion of games as a metaphor of life. Another significant role is played by symbols whose religious content is evident. The author refers, particularly, to the significance of the contribution made by Turner’s approach to the transition from rite to spectacle (or theatre).


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How to Cite

Cipriani, R. (2012). Sport as (Spi)rituality. Implicit Religion, 15(2), 139-151.