SUMO IN RELIGION
Sumo began chiefly as a part of Shinto rituals in ancient times. In early legends recorded in Japans first written documents in the 8th century, it is written that, "sumo was practiced as part of fertility and divination rituals dedicated to the native spirits"(P.L. Cuyler, pg 26)
Throughout the ages, sumo has been invariably linked to Japans national religion, and even today the symbols and ceremonies are held in great esteem, as they represent the religious heritage and sacred traditions of Japan. Indeed, most of the rituals still practiced today stem from the time when sumo was practiced at shrines.
HISTORY OF SUMO IN RELIGION
RITUALS AND TRADITIONS
RELIGIOUS SYMBOLISM IN SUMO TODAY