Mayan ball game

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Mayan Culture: Ball game

 

Playing with a ball is something that has transcended cultures over generations and has diversified in unimaginable ways. But what was the way our ancient civilizations played with it?

The Mayans called their ball game “Pitz”. It was the first sport in the history of mankind and started around the year 2500 BC. The game was usually for recreational purposes but also included a series of rituals and the most important games were held during political or religious ceremonies.

The ball was made ​​from a mixture of latex and rubber and could not be touched with hands or feet. The field had sloping walls along the court with circular structures at the center through which the players had to pass the ball in order to score points. If a player came into contact with the ball using their foot then a point had to be granted to the opposing team.

The game itself symbolized the battles between the gods of heaven and the underworld, and sometimes the leader of the losing team was beheaded and his skull was used to make the center of a new ball.

Today we remember these games as part of the historical development of ball games worldwide, besides being able to see a representation of the game in various places like Xcaret in Riviera Maya.

 

Cultura Maya: Juego de pelota

Jugar con un balón es algo que ha trascendido a lo largo de generaciones culturas y se ha diversificado de maneras inimaginables. Pero, ¿Cuál era la manera en que nuestras civilizaciones antiguas lo jugaban?

Los Mayas le llamaban a su juego de pelota “Pitz” Fue el primer deporte registrado en la historia de la humanidad iniciado hacia el año 2500 A.C. El juego era normalmente con fines recreativos aunque contaba con una serie de rituales y los juegos más importantes se realizaban durante ceremonias religiosas o políticas.

La pelota era creada con una mezcla de latex y hule y no se podía tocar ni con las manos ni los pies. La cancha contenía paredes inclinadas a lo largo de la cancha con marcadores grandes al centro que eran los que se tenían que tocar para anotar los puntos. Si un jugador llegaba a hacer contacto con la pelota usando el pie en ese momento se anotaba un gol para el equipo contrario.

El juego en sí simbolizaba las batallas entre los dioses del cielo y los del inframundo y en ocasiones el líder del equipo perdedor era decapitado y el cráneo era usado para hacer el centro de una nueva pelota.

En la actualidad recordamos estos juegos como parte del desarrollo histórico de los juegos con pelotas a nivel mundial, además de poder apreciar una representación del juego en diversos lugares como el Parque Xcaret en la Riviera Maya.

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