How to loop through the children nodes of an XML table with Oracle?

Hello,

I'm trying to figure out how to loop through multiple child nodes of the same name in an XML table; like this:

<root>
    <attributes>
        <people>
            <name>Joe</name>
            <interests>Sports</interes<wbr ></wbr>ts>
        </people>
        <people>
            <name>James</name>
            <interests>Video Games</interests>
        </people>
    </attributes>
</root>

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I would like to get the list of people who are interested in Sports, but when I try to get the people attribute; I get an error saying the XML node had to be unique and wouldn't work unless I use the specific number; at which point it becomes a little frustrating when the node isn't always in the same place every time.

Is there any smarter way to loop through the Oracle XML table programmatically with a query?

Appreciate any help!
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flow01Commented:
You did not mention the  way  you were trying it.

after cleaning up
<interests>Sports</interes<wbr ></wbr>ts>

you can use an sql like this
  with your_xml
  as
  (
  select
  xmltype('
  <root>
    <attributes>
        <people>
            <name>Joe</name>
            <interests>Sports</interests>
        </people>
        <people>
            <name>James</name>
            <interests>Video Games</interests>
        </people>
    </attributes>
</root>
  ') xml_col
  from dual
  )
  select name, interests
  from your_xml,
  xmltable ('/root/attributes/people'
  passing(xml_col)
  columns name varchar2(200) path 'name',
          interests varchar2(4000) path 'interests'
  )
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