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Mexico: Hips of God! Pelvises fly at contest for 3,000-yo Mayan ballgame02:04

Mexico: Hips of God! Pelvises fly at contest for 3,000-yo Mayan ballgame

Mexico, Teotihuacan
April 16, 2017 at 06:51 GMT -00:00 · Published

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.

The game is played with a rubber ball weighing around a two kilo (4.4 lbs), with the teams consisting of four players who are only allowed to move the ball using their hips. The object of the game is to keep the ball in play and in the limits of the field.

Known as Ullamaliztli by the Aztecs and Ulama in colloquial Spanish, the sport’s exact rules are not known, but it is thought to have been invented in between 2500-100 BCE and in its heyday was an important part of daily Mayan and Aztec life. It was played across Central America before being forbidden by the Spanish conquistadors.

Mexico: Hips of God! Pelvises fly at contest for 3,000-yo Mayan ballgame02:04
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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.

The game is played with a rubber ball weighing around a two kilo (4.4 lbs), with the teams consisting of four players who are only allowed to move the ball using their hips. The object of the game is to keep the ball in play and in the limits of the field.

Known as Ullamaliztli by the Aztecs and Ulama in colloquial Spanish, the sport’s exact rules are not known, but it is thought to have been invented in between 2500-100 BCE and in its heyday was an important part of daily Mayan and Aztec life. It was played across Central America before being forbidden by the Spanish conquistadors.

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