The Glory, Gory Game of Mayan Ball
Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 734 , Segment 2
Episode: Ancient City Life in the Americas (originally aired July 10, 2020)
- Nov 9, 2020 7:36 pm
- 20:07 mins
Guest: Stephen Houston, Chair, Department of Anthropology, Dupee Family Professor of Social Sciences, Brown University This Mesoamerican ball game combined decapitation, communion with the dead, and worship of the gods. Misconception and mystery still surround the game, but Professor Houston of Brown University weighs in on the rules, history, and deep cultural implications of the sport.