The Palace's Ballgame Historical

The Palace's Ballgame Historical (HM1VDN)

Location: , Petén
Country: Guatemala

N 17° 4.42', W 89° 24.149'

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Juego de Pelota del Palacio
(Juego de pelota 1)
Se encuentra frente a la fachada norte del Conjunto Palaciego de la Realeza (Acrópolis Sur). Desde lo alto el gobernante y miembros de la corte presenciaron el desempeño del juego. La cancha está delimitada por dos plataformas paralelas orientadas de norte a sur; la dirección norte correspondió al cielo que se asoció con la luz, mientras que el sur fue relacionado con el inframundo ligado a la oscuridad. El espacio reducido del patio indica que el juego pudo haber sido protagonizado por no más de tres individuos por equipo. El marcador solía ser colocado en la parte superior de los muros, ó bien en el suelo en el sector central del patio. El juego tuvo una connotación ritual y política muy importante, puesto que uno ó varios de los miembros del equipo perdedor eran sacrificados. La pelota de caucho que representaba al sol era impulsada con las rodillas y caderas, para ello los jugadores se protegían con rodilleras y anchas fajas. El gobernante participaba como jugador cuando había que solucionar diferencias políticas entre ciudades antagónicas.English translation:The Palace's Ballgame(Ballgame 1)
This court is located in front of the north facade of the Royal Palace Complex (South Acropolis). From the top of
The marker is to the right of the Ball Court.the court the ruler and members of his court witnessed the performance of the game. The court is bound by two parallel platforms oriented north to south. The north corresponded to the sky and its light, while the south was related to the underworld and darkness. The small size of the court indicates that the game could have been played by no more than three individuals per team. The goal was normally placed on top of the walls or in the ground in the central sector of the court.The game had a very important political ritual meaning, since one or more of the losing team members were sacrificed. The rubber ball representing the sun was struck with the knees and hips, so players were protected with knee pads and wide belts. The ruler participated as a player when it was necessary to solve political differences between quarreling cities.
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HM NumberHM1VDN
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Date Added Friday, October 28th, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16Q E 244309 N 1889279
Decimal Degrees17.07366667, -89.40248333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 17° 4.42', W 89° 24.149'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds17° 4' 25.2" N, 89° 24' 8.94" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near Unnamed Road, Petén , GT
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