Origin of Olympic Games
“It was ancient Greece where the Olympic Games started. The values and beliefs of Greek Society played an important part in the progress of these games. Greek people romanticized these games for the all round development of the humans.”
It was ancient Greece where the Olympic Games started. The values and beliefs of Greek Society played an important part in the progress of these games. Greek people romanticized these games for the all round development of the humans. There was a belief that the perfection in the area of games honored Zeus, their prominent God. The festival of games was held in the rural sanctuary site in western Peloponnesos, better known as Olympia. Games were the important religious activity too in Greece Society. Contestants offered animals, food, yields etc. to Zeus for victory. On the mid of the festival 100 oxen were sacrificed to delight the God.
According to a myth, once the altar of Zeus was struck by a thunderbolt and that thunderbolt was sent by God from his throne high on the peak of mount Olympus. To honor Zeus, Elis ordered to design some coins. On the backside of these coins Thunderbolt was embossed. With passing time the Games burgeoned as a central site of worshiping.
Another story was about the origin of the Olympic Games was that these games were initiated by Zeus himself. Once there was altercation between Zeus and his father Kronos for the rule of the world. They fought on the top of a mountain. In front of that mountain there was a valley in Southwestern Greece. In this altercation Zeus won and a temple and huge statute were built in the valley to honor him. This valley was known as Olympia. After that people started to come to worship his God there and before long religious festival developed.
Third myth related with the origin was that ancient heroes introduced these games. Pelops, son of Tantalus and Dione, went to Asia to participate in a Chariot Race. This race was organized by king Oenomaos of Pisa. One more story has prevailed, that it was Heracles who won a race at Olympia and announced to organize races after every four-year. Race participants had come with a view to marry King’s daughter named Hippodameia. Someone predicted that Hippodameia would cause the death of Oenomaos. Oenomaos ordered to kill all the participants before race after heeding this oracle. With the blessing of his patron God, Pelops killed Oenomaos. After that Pelops initiated the Olympic Games for two reasons. First to thank his God and second in order to cleanse his sin of killing Oenomaos
Athletic competition became so important to the Greeks that the Olympic festivals were a peaceful influence on the warlike city-states. There was continuous skirmish between Athens and Sparta. Both city-states sent their soldiers into battles after the end of Games. This fact really exhibits the significance of these games in the life of Greece political life too.
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