Photographer's Note

The central alley of the court is divided by three, round, stone markers, on the north to south axis. You may choose to believe that this one can be raised to furnish access to Xibalbá - the Maya underworld.

"Hunahpú and Xbalanqué (the Hero Twins) felt full of happiness as they set out to play the ball-game on the court. And the two went a very long way to play ball, the two of them alone. They began by sweeping the court of their fathers.

It so happened that the lords of Xibalbá heard them. Who are these who come to play again above our head and do not fear to make the earth shake? Did Hunhun-Ahpú and Vokub-Hunahpú (fathers) not die, who wished to exalt themselves in our presence? Go and look for these also.

Thus spoke Hun-Camé and Vokub-Camé again and all of the lords of Xibalbá. And they sent messengers to fetch them, saying: go and tell them the lords say they should come. We want to play with them here; in seven days we want to play against them, say the lords. Go and tell them this, they repeated to the messengers of Xibalbá."

Popol Vuh, Book II, Chapter 7

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  • Copyright: Ken Boulter (Sardonik) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 914] (1950)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-11-19
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-08-13 4:15
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