Sumo has religious origins and （１DATES）back over one thousand years. For example, just before a match, the wrestlers（２THROW） salt into the ring. This （３IS） an old Shinto purification rite. The present form has （４REMAINED） unchanged for several centuries.
In sumo, as in many Japanese arts, form and ceremony（５PLAY） an important role in creating the proper atmosphere. First-time spectators often （６COMPLAIN） about the lengthy preparation, but the various actions, such as stomping feet, clapping hands, and tossing salt （７REFLECT） an essential part of the show.
These rituals （８PERFORMED） before the bout have a historical value in that they capture and （９PRESERVE） the traditions and glory of the sport. They also have a psychological value for the participants, as well as for the spectators, as the anticipation and excitement slowly （10BUILD）. While the formalities preceding the match （11TAKE） up to four minutes, the actual wrestling rarely （12LASTS） more than a minute. The amount of time（13NEEDED） to determine a winner may be the shortest of any sport in the world.