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Santiago de Querétaro in Municipality of Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico — The Central Highlands
 

Ndamaxey, the Great Ball Game

 
 
Ndamaxey, the Great Ball Game Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 1, 2017
1. Ndamaxey, the Great Ball Game Marker
Inscription.
“Ndamaxey”
(Nombre otomi de Queretaro)
Lugar del Gran Juego de Pelota
En este conjunto escultorico del Códice Borbonico 27, cuatro jugadores que simbolizan cuatro deidades, (Quetzalcoatl, Cihuacoatl, Cinteotl e Ixtlilton) participando en el juego de pelota sagrado “ulamaliztli” nos recuerdan nuestros orígenes prehispánicos.
5 de febrero de 1991

English translation:
"Ndamaxey"
(The Otomí name for Querétaro)
Place of the Great Ball Game
In this set of sculptures that represents a scene from page 27 of the Codex Borbonicus, four players symbolize four deities (Quetzalcoatl, Cihuacoatl, Cinteotl and Ixtlilton) participating in the sacred ball game also known as "ulamaliztli", reminding us of our pre-Hispanic origins.
February 5, 1991

 
Erected 1991.
 
Location. 20° 37.029′ N, 100° 23.889′ W. Marker is in Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro, in Municipality of Querétaro. Marker is on Boulevard Bernardo Quintana, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker and sculptures are outside of the entrance to the sports complex called Querétaro 2000. Marker is at or near this postal address: Boulevard Bernardo Quintana 4115, Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro 76150, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers.
Ndamaxey, the Great Ball Game Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 1, 2017
2. Ndamaxey, the Great Ball Game Marker
The marker is to the left of the sculpture.
At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chapel of Saint Gregory (approx. 1.6 kilometers away); The Querétaro Railroad Station (approx. 1.8 kilometers away); The Fountain of the "Little Plates" (approx. 2.1 kilometers away); Damián Carmona (approx. 2.4 kilometers away); The Cosío Waterway (approx. 2.4 kilometers away); Del Carmen Temple and Convent (approx. 2.5 kilometers away); House of Mariano Lara (approx. 2.6 kilometers away); Félix Nabor Osores de Sotomayor García (approx. 2.6 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santiago de Querétaro.
 
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Ndamaxey, the Great Ball Game Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 1, 2017
3. Ndamaxey, the Great Ball Game Marker
The marker is to the far left here, with the marker in the foreground indicating that the sculpture was the work of Juan F. Velasco Perdomo and collaborators.
Ndamaxey, the Great Ball Game image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 1, 2017
4. Ndamaxey, the Great Ball Game
Page 27 of the Codex Borbonicus image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain
5. Page 27 of the Codex Borbonicus
The Codex Borbonicus is an Aztec codex written by Aztec priests shortly before or after the Spanish conquest (1521) of Mexico. The codex is named after the Palais Bourbon in France. It is held at the Bibliothèque de l'Assemblée Nationale in Paris. In 2004 Maarten Jansen and Gabina Aurora Pérez Jiménez proposed that it be given the indigenous name Codex Cihuacoatl, after the goddess Cihuacoatl. As mentioned in the marker, page 27 shows the four deities about to begin playing the ball game.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on November 11, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 12, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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