Secular religion

Now there’s a nice oxymoron for you…

The black silhouette apparently squatting against the radio mast on top of Mt Vic gives us cause to reflect on the universal, quasi-spiritual, fervour with which we approach rugby in New Zealand. (And, we should remember, with which any number of different sports are approached in different cultures across the world.) The comparison of sport with religion is trite, but worth revisiting in this case – if only because the only other public symbol that is ever displayed in that esteemed position, atop the summit of Wellington, like a panoptic eye, is the Christian cross.

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