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The Oldest Sport in America

“What is happening on the surface of the Earth? They are just stomping about and shouting. May they be summoned here therefore. They shall come to play ball, and we shall defeat them. They have simply failed to honor us. They have neither honor nor respect. Certainly they act arrogantly here over our heads,” said therefore all those of Xibalba.

-Popl Vuh


A maya ball player during an exhibition match in Comalapa, Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Photo: Santiago Billy/Comvite
A maya ball player during an exhibition match in Comalapa, Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Photo: Santiago Billy/Comvite

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