The Blood of Kings: Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art
An illustrated study of the Maya civilization, drawing from interpretations of the texts embedded in pictorial scenes or carved on stone tablets to provide the meaning of the art and architecture of the ancient culture.
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JL h he Maya ballgame is a subject of endless fascination, perhaps because
elements of the game are familiar yet shrouded in mystery. It was a dangerous
sport that required the skillful manipulation of a heavy rubber ball and that
13.6.9, or October 21, a.d. 744, when Bird Jaguar conducted his ballgame play.
The idea of the captive as sacrificial victim in ballgame play is also seen
elsewhere. At Chichen Itza, the ball is shown with a human skull within (Fig. VI. 8)
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Rulers may have dressed as the Hero Twins for the ballgame, enacting the roles
of the demigods they emulated. The defeat of the opposition by victorious Maya
kings, dressed as warriors or deities, was recast in stone as combat with death, ...
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