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Uzahzil Edzná in Municipality of Campeche, Campeche, Mexico — The Southeast (Yucatan Peninsula)
 

The Ball Game at Edzná

 
 
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By J. Makali Bruton, January 22, 2017
1. The Ball Game at Edzná Marker
Inscription.
Juego de Pelota
Aquí se practicaba un juego de carácter sagrado relacionado con el antagonismo de los dioses, con la aparente rivalidad de fuerzas naturales. En la construcción se observa una cuidadosa orientación norte-sur del eje principal de la cancha, delimitada al norte por una plataforma baja y por el Sacbé 3. En la actualidad sólo se conserva parte de uno de los aros de piedra, empotrado sobre el talud del edificio occidental. En el Mexico antiguo, la manera de jugar variaba según la región, tanto en cuanto al número de jugadores, como en la cantidad de puntos necesarios para ganar. Se jugaba con una bola de hule macizo y se usaban protectores para la cintura y las rodillas. La pelota podía ser golpeada con cualquier parte del cuerpo, excepto con los brazos y las manos. Esta antigua práctica sobrevive en algunas regiones del pais: tal es el caso de la pelota mixteco, en Oaxaca, y del Ulama en el norte de México.

Maya-Yucateco:
Te’ela’ ku beeta’al ka’ach jump’éel k’uyen báaxal yaan ba’ax u yil yéetel u ba’ate’il le k’ujo’obo’, yéetel u ba’ate’il xan le yóok’ol kaabo’. U chúumukil le kúuchil báaxalo’ tya’an ich xaman-nojole’, tu xamanile’ yaan jump’éel kaabal but’bil lu’um yéetel tyo’olal le Sak bej 3-o’. Bejla’e’, chéen p’aatal junxéet’ le jola’an tuunicho’, tak’a’an yóok’ol le chinikbal pak’il
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By J. Makali Bruton, January 22, 2017
2. The Ball Game at Edzná Marker
le najil chik’inilo’. Te’ úuchben Meejikoo’, ku báaxta’al jela’an ti’ junjump’éel xóot’ lu’umil, je’ex tu jaytúulil máaxo’ob ku báaxalo’obe’, je’ex bey xan ti’ u ka’anlil tia’al u loots’ máak. Ku báaxta’al ka’ach yéetel jump’éel chich wóolis yéetel ku ts’a’abal wa ba’ax tia’al ma’ u yajtal ti’ máak tu nak’ yéetel tu píixo’ob. Le wóoliso’ ku páajtal u k’olik máak yéetel tuláakal u wíinklil xma’ u jupik u k’abo’ob. Lela’ xuulul ku báaxta’al ti’ jaup’éel kaajilo’ob le noj lu’umila’; je’ex ti’ le Mixtecao’, Oaxaca yéetel Ulama, tu xamanil Meejilo.

English:
A sacred game was practiced here related to the antagonism of the gods with the apparent rivalry of the natural forces. A careful north-south orientation of principal line of the court can be observed in the construction, with a low platform and Sacbé 3 forming the northern boundary. Actually, only part of one of the stone rings still exists, embedded into the slope of the western building. In ancient Mexico, the rules of the game varied according to the region in relation to the number of players, as well as the number of points needed to win. It was played with a large rubber ball and protectors on the waist and the knees were used. The ball could be hit with any part of the body except the arms and hands. This ancient practice survived in some regions of the country, such as is the case of the Mixtec ball
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By J. Makali Bruton, January 22, 2017
3. The Ball Game at Edzná Marker
game in Oaxaca and that of the Ulama in the north of Mexico.
 
Erected by Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes de México (CONACULTA)-INAH.
 
Location. 19° 35.794′ N, 90° 13.838′ W. Marker is in Uzahzil Edzná, Campeche, in Municipality of Campeche. Marker can be reached from Route 188. Touch for map. The marker is near the Ball Game Court at the Edzná Archaeological Site, some 50 kilometers southeast of Campeche. Marker is in this post office area: Uzahzil Edzná, Campeche 24536, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Small Acropolis (within shouting distance of this marker); The Temple of the Giant Masks (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Acropolis (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Nohochná (about 120 meters away); The Building of the Five Floors (about 120 meters away); The Platform of the Knives (about 150 meters away); The Ambassadors' Platform (about 210 meters away); The Maya (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Uzahzil Edzná.
 
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The broken goal of the ball game court, mentioned in the marker text. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 22, 2017
4. The broken goal of the ball game court, mentioned in the marker text.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 30, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 30, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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