Mesoamerican Ball Game (Aztec History)



The Mesoamericans were huge fans of a ball game known today as ulama. I was first captivated by the sport in the DreamWorks movie “The Road to El Dorado” and decided that today we would dig into its history!

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Bibliography:
“Daily Life of the Aztecs” by Davíd Carrasco
“The Symbolism and Ritual Function of the Middle Classic Ball Game in Mesoamerica” by Marvin Cohodas
“Extreme Sport” by Colleen P. Popson
“Games and Other Amusements of the Ancient Mesoamericans” by Barbara Voorhies

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24 thoughts on “Mesoamerican Ball Game (Aztec History)

  1. The court was called Tlachtli and I know that from the video game civilization 6. See mom, video games are educational

  2. seems a lot like soccer, if you lose your coach will sacrifice you to the fake gods of the other team. Edit: I mean in the road to el dorado where they were going to be sacrificed to the protagonist.

  3. In my opinion u are missing some important points. 1. There was always 2 marker stones on the playground. One in each squares. Most of which has been removed and sendt to museums today. 2. The ball players never hit the ball with there bare hips, shoulders, elbows or knees. They always used stones fastened to the arm, knee or waist (stone on a belt) Look around on the web for reliefs, figurines, paintings on vases and codesis. 3. The ball was of masive rubber. It was quirt heavy and did jump very high, like 99,8%. And last. The idea that the mayas was sacrificing ballplayers in according to the game, is a falls myth. There is absolutely no evidence of that. What we know is that both the Aztecs and the maya used the ballgame as a place for public executions of criminals. They also used the playing field to conduct duels among nobels, when they had a twist. An some times the loosing nobels where executed. But that has nothing to do with human sacrifice.

  4. my eleven year old just pointed out that if they killed the winners then there would be no professional players…

  5. It still goes on today. players been sacrificed by elites with their sick games based on specific numerology. R.I.P Kobe 🙁

  6. they were many variants of the ball game, the aztecs called it "teotachtli" the mayans called it "Pok-Ta-Pok"..the sacrifice was symbolic, and it was played by all cultures in mesoamerica since
    1600 b.c until the arrival of europeans..

  7. WAIT RUBBER?? BALL??? AZTECS???? WHITE-CREATED CORONAVIRUS-LIKE DISEASE KILLED THE NATIVES AND THE WHITES JUST THINK THIS IS THEIR LAND?????????????????????? FUCK YOUR WALL AND FUCK YOUR HOUSE WALLS TOO…..

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