The Games of Hera – by Lady Goo Goo Sports Reporter, Monday 28th May 2012
Throughout time many stories have been told of girls’ participation in sport. These stories have entered the cultural heritage of a people. Sometimes those stories have been limiting to the encouragement of girls into sport.
One of the greatest stories of women participating in sport, goes back to the great Ancient Olympics. Women and girls did not participate in these games, although they did have their own festival dedicated to the Goddess, Hera, the wife of Zues who was the head man at the Ancient Games.
Participating in the Heraean Games back in ancient days was a big motivator for me to drive the Galaxic Women’s Sport Foundation. Although it was great to be able to participate, there were some very strange rules back then.
A committee of 16 women from a cities of Elis organised the event. Like the ancient Olympics, the event was conducted every 4 years.
Every year the Heraean Games were held, a peplos or a robe was woven and presented to the great Goddess, Hera and placed in her temple.
Girls competed in 3 age groups in only 3 separate foot races the length of the chariot’s racecourse, but less distance than the men. It was known as the “Maiden’s Footrace” in honor of the goddess, Hera. The winners received Olive crowns, just like the Olympic victors and a share of the cow sacrificed to Hera.
One of the conditions to compete was that the girls who participated were not allowed to be married. If a married woman was found to have competed she was “barred on penalty of death from the sanctuary of Zues on the days of the athletic competition for boys and men.” Legend also has it that women and girls were not permitted to watch the men and boys events.
This ban was a key motivator to establish, in another universe outside of Earth, the Inter Galatical Girls Warrior Sports Foundation. I’ll write more on this foundation in future posts:) I will also be covering the concept of music and sport in future articles
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