When we left off, the animals and birds were about to go head-to-head in a ball game. Whoever scored the first goal would win the long-running argument about who was better: the animals, or the birds. As the two teams squared off on the field, who should show up With his furry body and stretchy wings, the little fella wanted to know which team he should join.
After all, he had so much to offer! Excellent hearing… amazing flying skills… not to mention how many bugs he could devour in a single night. He figured both the animals and birds would beg him to be their teammate! Instead, the team leaders… Bear and Crane Then he tucked in his wings and hung his fuzzy brown head. Right from the start, both teams played hard. Just when it seemed like one team was about to score, the other side would make a surprise move and intercept the ball! Before long, the sun was setting and both the animals and birds were exhausted. Bear and Crane called for a time out.
They huddled together in the dimming light. You and your birds seem awfully tuckered out. Not at all! BEAR: Who, us?!? In fact, we could keep playing all night if we had to! Animals like Bear and Skunk had excellent night vision, as did birds like Owl. But everyone else stumbled this way and that. To make matters worse, as the inky sky drained of light, the warm air filled… with bugs!
Mosquitoes, mostly. It seemed like he might actually score… and win the game for the animals! It sailed up, up, up… past the animals, past the birds. It whizzed up over the treetops… and disappeared. The two teams fell silent. Without a ball, how could they play the game? And without playing the game, how could they decide, once and for all, which side was better?
The creature was furry, with wings, and no larger than a field mouse… or a chickadee. Clutched tightly in its little claws… was the ball! BAT: Guys. Before the animals and birds knew it, every single mosquito… was gone! Especially at night! Yes 0 No 0. Robanda Location:.
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Players could be professionals or amateurs and there is evidence of betting on the outcome of important games. The game also had a strong association with warriors and war captives were often forced to play the game. Players were frequently depicted in Mesoamerican art, appearing in sculpture , ceramics and architectural decoration - the latter often decorating the courts themselves - and these depictions often show that the players wore protective gear such as belts and padding for the knees, hips, elbows and wrists.
The players in these works of art also typically wear a padded helmet or a huge feathered headdress, perhaps the latter being for ceremonial purposes only. Winners of the game received trophies, many of which have been excavated and include hachas and palmas.
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A hacha was a representation of the human head early ones might have actually been heads with a handle attached and was used as a trophy for a winning player, a piece of ceremonial equipment or as a marker in the court itself. A palma was also most likely a trophy or element of ceremonial costume worn by ball players. They are frequently represented in stone and can take the form of arms, hands, a player or a fan-tailed bird. Other trophies for game winners include stone yokes typically u-shaped to be worn around the waist in imitation of the protective waist gear worn by players and hand stones, often elaborately carved.
All of these trophies are frequently found in graves and are reminders of the link between the sport and the underworld in Mesoamerican mythology. As games often had a religious significance the captain of the losing team, or even sometimes the entire team, were sacrificed to the gods.
Another ominous indicator of the macabre turn that this sporting event could take is the presence of tzompantli the skull racks where severed heads from sacrifices were displayed rendered in stone carvings near the ball courts. The Classic Maya even invented a parallel game where captives, once defeated in the real game, were tied up and used as balls themselves and unceremoniously rolled down a flight of steps. Editorial Review This Article has been reviewed for accuracy, reliability and adherence to academic standards prior to publication.
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