The Mesoamerican ballgame was a sport with ritual associations played since at least 1650 BC by the pre-Columbian people of Ancient Mesoamerica. The sport had different versions in different places during the millennia. The rules of the Mesoamerican ballgame are not known, but it was played in stone ballcourts that were long narrow alleys with slanted side-walls which the balls could bounce against. Players tried to put the ball through stone hoops.
In the most common theory of the game, the players struck the ball with their hips, legs, forearms, or handstones. The ball was made of solid rubber and weighed as much as 9 lbs and sizes differed greatly over time or according to the version played.
The Mesoamerican ballgame had important ritual aspects, and major formal ballgames were held as ritual events. Late in the history of the game, some cultures occasionally seem to have combined competitions with religious human sacrifice.
Check out the short video below where I show how the game was played……in a very tongue in cheek way. 🙂
Also, I am putting together a travel video about our second week in Mexico and it will be featured in it. We are calling this episode Mayans & Cenotes because we traveled the entire Yucatan Peninsula checking out as many Mayan ruins and cenotes as we can. It will have lots of info plus be lots of fun as you watch Lily and I interact around Mexico!!!! The video will post on YouTube so you can Subscribe to my channel and hit the bell icon to be notified as soon as it airs.
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