Backyard Cricket ends Ritual Warfare

It’s no secret that organized sports in America and many other countries is heavily based on being a business and a way to unify people. The enjoyment of playing a sport has disappeared overtime and professional sports continue to be a easy way to make money. The PopAnth article “If the home team always wins, is it really a sport”, written by  Erin B Taylor, analyzes the state of cricket in the Trobriand Islands of Papua New Guinea. Taylor’s main concern seems to be whether or not this backyard cricket that really involves a low level of competition is really even a sport.

As the article says, the British brought cricket to the islands as a way to stop ritualized warfare between tribes. But instead of using it as a means of heavy competition, they invented backyard cricket in teams perform both their tribe’s song and dance, and also their uniforms. These cricket matches are also very important social events that are followed by a feast with both teams.

The combination of cricket and ritual warfare obviously proves to be beneficial but can one really call it a sport? I believe so because work ethic and teamwork are still instilled in these young men even though they aren’t playing it the way it was intended. It has done the job of unifying the people.