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  The ball court
by Maria_75

This is the biggest ball court (yet uncouvered) in Mesoamerica. It is in the traditional shape of a capital I, or two facing T's. Some believe the Juego de Pelota (ballgame) came from Teotihuacan and spread out to other cultures.

At the panels on the side of the court there are very many carvings which tells about the game. On these two facing sides are also a wall where the ring was, the ball had to pass through (or maybe just touch) this ring. On top of the walls were space for people to stand and watch the game, and on the outsides are the stairs that lead up to these places.

On the two opposite sides are some smaller buildings. It is believed that the rulers of the city was sitting at the far end, while the visitors were sitting at the other end.

One of the most amazing things about the ball court is the accoustic and the ecco. When the ball was bouncing around it made a "poc poc" sound, and the game was actually called "poc ta poc".

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  • Updated Nov 12, 2004
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