Tuesday, September 26, 2006
The Ball Court at Chichen Itza
The above photo is of one of the side walls to the Ball Court located at the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza, Mexico. You can see the goal high up on the wall. To win the game played on this field you had to get the ball through that hoop. It didn't look that easy though I don't know how big a ball they used. The catch was that you could only use your elbows, wrists, and hips! That made it seem almost impossible especially if there was any defense involved.
The games could last a long time and were very intesne. The losers were beheaded though possibly that fate was just for the captain. What is unknown is who was considered the loser. Since sacrifice was an honor it is not known weather the winner won the right to be sacrificed and thus got his head cut off or weather the winner beheaded the loser.