El Tajin - devoted to the ball game cult. ■ Numerous ball...

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City of Thunder El Tajin, the ball game ritual and the early classic period
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El Tajin Discovered in 1785 completely overgrown by jungle. Modern questions: Was the culture of El Tajin Maya, a Mayan predecessor, a late Olmec descendant, or some other culture? Are the descendants the modern Totanac or the Huastecs? What was the purpose of the city?
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Unlikely Olmec (they fade away by 300 BC) Probably Maya related culture Inherited complete suite of ball game ideology City may have been
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Unformatted text preview: devoted to the ball game cult. ■ Numerous ball courts Linguistic analysis suggests Totanac not related to any other Mexican language group; an isolate Site plan. Tajin Chico in upper half was a royal or elite residential area. Temple of the niches. ■ Eleven ball courts ■ Close association between elite residences and ball courts ■ Iconography focused on ritual game ■ Architectural singularity Video ■ Use handout to guide your viewing of the video about El Tajin....
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