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Quiriguá in Municipality of Los Amates, Izabal, Guatemala
 

The Ball Court Plaza

 
 
The Ball Court Plaza Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 16, 2016
1. The Ball Court Plaza Marker
Inscription.
El juego de pelota entre los Mayas era además de un juego, un rito importante dentro de su cosmovisión, ya que la pelota representa el curso del Sol sobre el cielo en su viaje diario, así como la batalla entre el bien y el mal.

Los patios para el juego de pelota se localizaban siempre en asentamientos prehispánicos, constan de dos estructuras paralelas. La pelota era el caucho.

Fotografias, textos y diseño: Demopre

English:
Court Ball
The ball game bethween (sic) the Maya was also a game, an important ritual in their religion, and the ball represents the course of the sun on the sky in its daily journey, as well as the battle between good and evil.

This courts for ballgames are always located in prehispanic settlements, consisting of two parallel structures. The ball used was made of rubber.
 
Location. 15° 16.167′ N, 89° 2.441′ W. Marker is in Quiriguá, Izabal, in Municipality of Los Amates. Touch for map. The marker is at the southern part of the Archaeological Park at Quirigua, near the steps of the Acropolis. Marker is in this post office area: Quiriguá, Izabal 18005, Guatemala.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Acropolis at Quiriguá (within shouting distance
The Ball Court Plaza Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 16, 2016
2. The Ball Court Plaza Marker
This view shows the marker with the remains of the ball court in the background.
of this marker); A Contemporary Altar at Quiriguá (about 210 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Stelas of Quiriguá (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Great Plaza at Quirigua (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Quirigua within the Context of the Mayan Cities (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Quirigua: History of the City, its Environment and Discovery (approx. half a kilometer away).
 
Categories. AnthropologyNative Americans
 
An example of a Ball Court player image. Click for full size.
3. An example of a Ball Court player
Although not from Quiriguá, this drawing gives an example of how a Mayan ball player would appear. It shows Sak Ch’een, lord of Motul de San José (Petén, Guatemala), dressed as a ball player with a large yoke, painted deerskin hip guards, and an elaborate headdress. He is dropping onto his knee to strike the ball, which may be exaggerated to show that it is approaching the viewer. The image comes from a vase, dated to 650-800 AD.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 121 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 20, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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