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Thread: What is the connection between Sumo and Shinto?

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    Sean T. Fourkiller Guest

    Question What is the connection between Sumo and Shinto?

    Ok, I've heard that the referee of a Sumo match dresses up like a shinto priest.....is there a connection?

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    Sean,

    i just dug this link up on Yahoo and it seems to offer a pretty good thumbnail sketch of sumo. i can tell you a couple of things in response to your question off the cuff, though. the referee or gyoji is not dressed as a Shinto priest exactly, but it's very true that sumo was originally a religious rite, and the gyoji is more than just a ref. enjoy the read and hope it helps.

    Sumo for Beginners
    Jeff Hamacher
    Those who speak do not know,
    Those who know will not speak ...
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