Mesoamerican was a Ball Game of Life and Death from History

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The Mesoamerican ball game began over 3,500 years ago. Ceremonies, city and daily life revolved around this exciting sport. The survival of the both the players and the spectators depended on the outcome of the game. The Mesoamerican ball game had a court to play on, a ball that was used during the game, uniforms that the players wore, and rules to follow during gameplay. Even though the Mesoamerican ball game was the first sport, it was a very advanced sport with how many different ideas went into the creation of the game. The ball game was found all over Latin America including in the Olmec, Toltec, Maya and Aztec civilizations with the Olmecs believed to be the inventors of the game. The Mesoamerican ball game was not just an exciting and dangerous sport; it was a winner takes all competition. The ball game was a game of life or death. The Mesoamerican ball game was said to be invented around the Pre-classical Period by the Olmecs and was a well adopted sport by many different civilizations by the time of the Classical Period. In Mesoamerican mythology the ball game is a significant factor in the story of the Mayan gods Hun Hunahpu and Vucub Hunahpu. Both of these gods had annoyed the gods of the underworld with their noisy playing and the two brothers were tricked into going into the underworld where they were challenged to a ball game (Cartwright). The two brothers eventually lost the game and Hun Hunahpu had his head cut off. This would be a common practice in the

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