The Olympic Games is a classic ritual event that illustrates how liminality is dealt with in
human society. Intended to be a time-out from ordinary life, the two-week long event
every four years celebrates physical and moral excellence as it is embodied in athletes.
During the Games, the usual political and economic structures that divide the world are
supposed to be forgotten. The Games can be seen as a version of ‘communitas’, a stage of
human existence that is ‘between and betwixt.’