The reason jai-alai had much success beyond where it was dispersed was due to the fact that in and of itself, it is a spectacular sport due to its speed and plasticity but above all the betting associated with the game attracted a consumer eager to earn some money in a quick manner. Between flagstaff, arizona, in the north and honduras in the south, archaeologists have discovered more than 1,500 ancient ulama ball courts used by the olmecs and subsequent mayan and aztec civilizations. A jai alai game is played in round robin format, usually between eight teams of two players each or eight single players the first team to score 7 or 9 points wins the game the first team to score 7 or 9 points wins the game. Jai alai originated as a handball game in the basque area of spain’s pyrenees mountains over four centuries ago games were played on sundays and holidays in small villages at the local church, hence the name jai alai which means “merry festival” in basque. Games were played on sundays and holidays in small villages at the local church, hence the name jai alai which means “merry festival” in basque players would use the open-air church courtyard and the walls of the church as the fronton or arena.
Pok-a-tok is a mesoamerican ball game played by the mayans and the aztecs the court that this game was played on had two 26 feet tall inward slanted walls and hoops that were placed 23 feet above the ground. Drawing of aztec ballplyers performing for charles v in madrid in 1528 drawn by christoph weiditz (credit: public domain) pedro mártir de anghiera, royal historian to king carlos v, had been similarly amazed by a rubber ball brought back from hispaniola in 1493 by christopher columbus after his second voyage to the new world.
Find this pin and more on ancient ball players by gernika jai-alai explore the mesoamerican ball game: online & interactive sak ch’een, lord of motul de san josé dressed as a ball player with a large yoke, painted deerskin hip guards, and elaborate headdress. Basketball, tennis, handball, jai alai, raquetball, the ancient aztec game, badminton (questionable), squash, and volleyball are all that i have come up with so far. Ullamaliztli, the famous aztec ball game, was played on a tlachtli ball court (the game is sometimes referred to as tlachtli) the ball court was one of the first things built when the aztecs settled a new area, making it the most important of the ancient aztec games.
In their history was entitled the “ball game” “volador” or high pole, “patolli” (similar to dice), stilts, hunting, jai alai, and the “ceremonial day game” were secondary in impor-tance to the “ball game,” yet still very prominent in one or both of the cultures. In the united states, jai alai enjoyed some popularity as a gambling alternative to horse racing, greyhound racing, and harness racing, and remains popular in florida, where the game is used as a basis for parimutuel betting at six frontons throughout the state: dania beach, fort pierce, jasper, casselberry, miami, and reddick.
Find this pin and more on balls & artifacts by gernika jai-alai latex ball of olmec origin, of a type used in a game it is unc ertain whether the piece was actually used or whether it was a ritual ball. Elements of the ancient game of ulama would not be unfamiliar to today’s sports fans much like american football on thanksgiving, ulama was a staple of religious feast days. Pok-a-tok is a mesoamerican ball game played by the mayans and the aztecs the court that this game was played on had two 26 feet tall inward slanted walls and hoops that were placed 23 feet above the ground these hoops were barely big enough to fit the ball threw it this game is taken very seriously.
This game, like various other mayan sports and cultural aspects, is thought to have been invented by the olmecs who lived before the mayans subsequent cultures such as the aztecs also played this game with their own variations added to it mayan sport: jai alai one of the most strenuous and demanding mayan sports was jai alai. Find this pin and more on balls & artifacts by gernika jai-alai cherokee stick ball set - made by garfield long, a full-blooded cherokee native, in the tradition of the ancient stickball game that was played by the cherokees.