(ORDO NEWS) — The found scoreboard for a ritual ball game in Mexico is a new discovery for researchers and lovers of ancient Mesoamerican culture.
According to the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico, this stone disc was discovered in Chichen Itza on the Yucatan Peninsula, one of the most majestic centers of the Maya.
Tlachtli, or the Mesoamerican ball game, was not only a pastime but also a ritual practice involving human sacrifice. At the same time, the ball game could also serve as a peculiar way of resolving internal conflicts.
The disk, found in the Casa Colorada building in Chichen Itza, shows two figures of players standing next to the ball, as well as text that refers to the date in the Mayan calendar corresponding to 894 AD.
Investigators were unable to determine the identities of the players, as well as the result of the match, but subsequent decoding of the inscriptions may reveal the purpose of the competition and the score.
For the Maya, the ball game was not just entertainment, it was an important element of their culture and rituals.
They also remind us that there are many unique and interesting traditions in human history that we can still study and admire.
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