Sumo and wrestling are also found in more than 100 ethnic groups and places around the world. It is found in South America, Oceania, Asia, Europe, Africa and different continents other than North America.

: Coreeda of the Republic of
Kiribus Australia's Aboriginal Coreeda
South American Amazon's Yanomami
Wrestling South American Amazon's Caraparo Wrestling
West Africa Senegalese
Swiss Schwingen Wrestling
Spanish Canary Wrestling
India's Inbuan Wrestling
Japan Sumo

Other names include Kushti in India, Yargulesi in Turkey, Douala Sumo in Cameroon in Africa, Tubata in Sudan, Bulgaria Sumo in Bulgaria in Europe, and Bolstel in the Netherlands.


The two jars with legs of the fighting statue excavated in the ruins of Mesopotamia, Tel Aghlabids, have two bronze jars for sumo wrestling. In the Old Testament such as Christianity, there is a description that Jacob wrestled with an angel.

There is also a description of sumo in Greek mythology. He was even considered the guardian deity of thieves, as the god Hermes was involved in commerce and horn power ("sumo" = sumo) and all power skills (chikara work). Hermes had two serpent's wands, Caduceus, and concluded that it was a symbol. Besides, Antaeus, the son of Terra, the god of the earth, was a giant and a sumo wrestler. He had travelers coming to his country take sumo with him on the condition that he would be killed if he was defeated.

In the Nihon Shoki, there is a description that Nomi no Sukune took Taima no Kehaya and Sumo at the order of Emperor Suinin.

In addition to the ten physical evidences so far, the following commonalities can be found in each religion and myth.

・ Creation myth of the universe
・ Story of God being put into something and washed away in the river ・ Story
of the great flood ・
Story of creating human beings from clay
・ Animism that souls and gods dwell in everything
・ Tree belief
・Lion statue