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I stumbled onto a site with historical Sumo information. I found the following points surprising:

"In the old days, some wrestlers were homosexual prostitutes... A bloody version of sumo was briefly popular."

Were some Sumo wrestlers really gay-for-pay? Is it common knowledge or obscure? What rules were different in the bloody version of Sumo from modern Sumo?

http://factsanddetails.com/japan/cat21/sub138/item756.html

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Difficult to believe that nobody has commented on this! I have no new info on your two questions but I found another couple of bits very interesting, and with the potential to rattle a few regular SF members.

Notably - " and at various times, women were allowed to compete in the sport. One famous wrestler during the imperial era was a nun." Very interesting, since the immediate defense of "tradition" is so often invoked as soon as anyone suggests letting the girls back in.

Being legally blind, myself, I also liked the extra bit about lewd entertainment...

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@Kaminariyuki I'm intrigued by the bloody version of Sumo. I wish to learn how it was practiced.

The reference to some Rikishi being homosexual prostitutes is interesting and it reminded that years ago while I was in Japan, someone who had briefly lived in a Sumo-beya, mentioned that a couple of the lower ranking Rikishi had been gay-for-pay.

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I keep reading this forum and I keep learning new stuff every time I log in here :-D

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2 hours ago, ArvidMan said:

I keep reading this forum and I keep learning new stuff every time I log in here :-D

I would take what you read with a pinch of salt. While we do do our best to try and reference information, there's also a fair amount of "common knowledge" (i.e. GoT-style "it is known") bits of trivia that may actually be apocryphal, misconceptions, and sometimes even mistranslations/language barriers. I also learn plenty of stuff, but I've also been proven wrong multiple times.

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5 hours ago, ArvidMan said:

I keep reading this forum and I keep learning new stuff every time I log in here :-D

Same here. And, although I agree with everything Seiyashi said, I think the info here on the forum is easily better than most of what's in the popular press, Japan Times excepted.

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7 hours ago, ArvidMan said:

I keep reading this forum and I keep learning new stuff every time I log in here :-D

Get used to it.  I've been on this forum for 14 years and following sumo since 1976 and I still get educated on almost every visit to this site!

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11 hours ago, Washuyama said:

Get used to it.  I've been on this forum for 14 years and following sumo since 1976 and I still get educated on almost every visit to this site!

There should me more good forums like this one on other topics

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