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Mexicans Celebrate Heritage at Mesoamerican Games

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April 16, 2017
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Teams from Mexico and Belize gathered in the pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan on Saturday, to play a variation of a pre-historic Mesoamerican ballgame Ulama, where a player’s hips are more important than their feet. (Ruptly TV)

To celebrate Mexican heritage, a group of Mexicans organized and participated in the national championship for the Mesoamerican Ballgame in the middle of the grounds surrounding Teotihuacán, the pre-Hispanic city outside of Mexico City.

The pre-Colombian Mesoamerican ballgame dates back to around 1500 BC. Gameplay varies among different versions of the game, and debate lingers over how the original participants actually played the game several thousands of years ago.

Versions played at the two-championship center on trying to keep a rubber ball in play through knocking it from the hips towards the other team.

Failure to keep the ball in play results in the opposing team garnering a point.

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