Chichen Itza

The Great Ball Court

Lords of the Rings

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This photograph aptly demonstrates how unlikely it was that ancient players of the ball game of the Maya were trying to put the ball through the ring. The hoop is almost 20 feet off the ground and the size of the hole that was used for the goal is smaller than the basketball hoops of today. Combine with that that players could use only their hips, forearms and thighs, and it is all but impossible to imagine they were playing to put the ball through the ring.

Note the angled benches, now behind a fence to prevent visitors from touching the carvings and wearing them further.

The two ballcourt rings are richly carved with the images of intertwined feathered serpents, the symbol of Kukulcan.

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