Mesoamerican Ballgame

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Mesoamerican Ballgame “Game of Life and Death”
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The Mesoamerican Ballgame In Mexico, which was the heartland of the ancient ballgame tradition, well over 600 stone ballcourts have been found Both a competitive contest and a ritual ceremony, the game held religious as well as secular significance for players and spectators. Called tlachtli by the Aztecs, game played with hard rubber ball. Spanish document stone rings as goals, but those dating before 700 A.D. do not have them. http://linux1.tlc.north.denver.k12.co.us/~gmoreno/gmoreno/Mesoamerican_Ballgame.html
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Ballcourts These courts averaged 120 by 30 feet, though some were small enough to contain only two players at a time and a few others were as large as a modern football field. Typically I-shaped courts, balls weighing up to 5 pounds. ball had to be kept in motion could not be hit with hands or feet in some versions associated with fertility, death, militarism and sacrifice. sacrifice of defeated team members documented in late accounts.
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Ballgame in Codices http://www.ulama.freehomepage.com/
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Playing the Game On each side of a playing alley were two long parallel walls against which a rubber ball was resounded and bounced from team to team. Points were scored when opposing ball players missed a shot at the vertical hoops placed at the center point of the side walls, were unable to return the ball to the opposing team before it had bounced a second time, or allowed the ball to bounce outside the boundaries of the court.
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