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The Grand Ball Court at Chichen Itza


Joshua J. Mark
published on 08 July 2012
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This photo shows a stone scoring hoop high on the wall of the Great Ball Court at Chichen Itza. The opposing team's hoop is directly across from the wall in this picture. Players of the game Pok-a-Tok (considered a precursor to the modern game of Ulama)had to get a rubber ball through this hoop without using their hands or feet (only the hip, knees, elbows, shoulders and wrists). If one considers the circumference of the hoop, and its height as compared to the tourists below, one may have some understanding of what an amazing feat it was to score a winning goal in Pok-a-Tok.

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About the Author

Joshua J. Mark
A freelance writer and former part-time Professor of Philosophy at Marist College, New York, Joshua J. Mark has lived in Greece and Germany and traveled through Egypt. He has taught history, writing, literature, and philosophy at the college level.

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Mark, J. J. (2012, July 08). The Grand Ball Court at Chichen Itza. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Mark, Joshua J. "The Grand Ball Court at Chichen Itza." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified July 08, 2012.

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Mark, Joshua J. "The Grand Ball Court at Chichen Itza." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 08 Jul 2012. Web. 27 Feb 2021.

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