Although sumo was recently dethroned by baseball and football, it continues to be an extremely popular sport in Japan, especially since it is the oldest and is linked to Shinto. This ritual dimension is to be found both in the rigorous organization of the wrestlers’ working day, with their strict schedules and their diet, and in the shape of the space where combat takes place, the dohyō, barred to women under the pretext that it must never be defiled with blood.
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