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On Sport and Society

2000

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Initiation Rituals, Richard C. Crepeau Mar 2000

Initiation Rituals, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

It is called the "elephant walk," an all male single-file procession in the nude in which all participants are connected in a chain by holding on to the penis of the person just behind. This is not a new sport, but it is a part of the sporting atmosphere in many male athletic settings. Most recently this charming ritual was in the news at the University of Vermont where the hockey season has come to an abrupt end.