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There ARE good photos on Google Earth;)
Klaus J from Germany
Ballgame (Juego de Pelota)
The Mesoamerican ballgame was a sport with ritual associations played since 1,000 B.C. by the pre-Columbian peoples of Mesoamerica. The sport had different versions in different places during the millennia, and a modern version of the game, ulama, is still played in a few places by the local indigenous population.
Pre-Columbian ballcourts have been found throughout Mesoamerica, as far south as Nicaragua, and possibly as far north as the U.S. state of Arizona. These ballcourts vary considerably in size, but all have long narrow alleys with side-walls against which the balls could bounce.
The rules of the ballgame are whoever wins is considered safe and the losing team is sacrificed, but judging from its descendant, ball, they were probably similar to racquetball or volleyball, where the aim is to keep the ball in play. The stone ballcourt goals (see photo to right) are a late addition to the game. This later addition of the game changed the game entirely though, since an immediate win could be attained from them by tossing the balls in the ring, or points could be scored by simply tossing the ball so that it touched the ring.
In the most widespread version of the game, the players struck the ball with their hips, although some versions allowed the use of forearms, rackets, bats, or handstones. The ball was made of solid rubber and weighed up to 4 kg (9 lbs) or more, and sizes differed greatly over time or according to the version played.
The game had important ritual aspects, and major formal ballgames were held as ritual events, often featuring human sacrifice. The sport was also played casually for recreation by children and perhaps even women.
An interesting photo! I was attracted to this building by its isolated location on the map. This building is very close to the river, and in the satellite image, it looks like some fields a little west of this location are flooded. Was this building underwater (or was the area flooded) at some point, and perhaps that's why it was neglected and abandoned?
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A great shot! I just popped into your gallery to send you Special Seasons Greetings! Friendly greetings! Johan
Meister Buchen thank you again ..
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I agree, seashells are great! Thanks for visiting, M.A.! Ryan