Viper Squad Ten

[ Wednesday, June 16, 2004 ]

Shamanic anarchistic archaic revival
Starbuck [15:59] Comments: 0 []
Arch Drood Julian Cope is always full of interesting theories, including this on football and shamanism.

In an interview in today's Guardian, he describes how he sees echoes of prehistory cultures in everything:
"Look at football worship. All those people gathered in an unroofed stadium is not unlike what must have gone on in pagan sanctuaries. The goalkeeper is the ultimate shaman, guarding the gates to the underground, wearing the No 1 jersey in a different colour and not seeming to be part of the team. We've never lost it. Modern beliefs that we are at the tail end of a culture that is killing itself is just bollocks."

Maybe if I can just supress my eschatological concerns about the culture of watching a ball being kicked around a field, then I'll be able to properly get into Euro 2004 after all...

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