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Ball Courts

 

Here are three views of the ball court at Quiahuiztlan, just below a site of priestly pyramids atop a mountain in Veracruz State where, long ago in ancient Mexico, the religious leaders could see and protect themselves from enemies below.

The players were priests. They wore heavy, wide leather belts with which to hit the hard rubber balls with their hips. The winner hit the ball through a circle formation in the stones on the side of the ball court and was given the honor of having his throat cut so his blood could be sacrificed to the gods who had given the people life.

Left end of the ball court:

Middle of the court with a view from the mountaintop:

Right end of the ball court:

Quiahuiztlan, Veracruz, Mexico