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Mixing Sport and Religion in Les Landes (France)

Mathilde Lamothe, Laboratory ITEM EA 3002, University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour, France.


Les Landes is a ‘Département’ of south-western France, famous for its pine forests and endless beaches, part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. Its identity is reflected in the importance given to sports such as rugby, cycling, basketball and the ‘Course Landaise’: a relatively non-violent form of bullfighting or bull-running. The value given to these sports is reflected in local chapels that celebrate the sports, through their décor, their sports trophies and their stained-glass windows.


Adapted from ‘Chapter 10 Mixing Sport and Religion in the Landes Area of France’. In: Giacalone, F., Griffin, K. Local Identities and Transnational Cults within Europe. CABI, pp. 87-98.


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