The Mayan ball court of Coba where they played and laid their lives on the line each time they played.

Mayan ball court


The Mayan court ball game named Pitz, and the action of play was Ti Pitziil in classic Mayan and Chaaj in K’ich’é in the highlands. Its associated mythology were not only central to religious Maya belief but it was the first sport in the history of the humanity, dating at least from 2500 BC. The oldest court accurately dated have been found in Nakbé, Petén Guatemala, dating from 500 BC.

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