Pitz: a Classical Mayan game is reinvigorated in modern Mexico
The Yucatan peninsula is filled with the remains of ancient Mayan sites, including numerous ball courts. Apparently a rather popular sport, with ritual elements as well, the game known as pitz was subsequently forbidden by the Spanish conquistadors when they reached the region in the late 16th and early 17th century. Pitz was played on ball courts that have been found at sites from Nicaragua to Arizona to the US Virgin Island of St. Croix. Today, the game is known as Ullamaliztli in Mexico, where the second tournament—revived in the early 21st century--is about to be held.
By BBC News
April 16, 2017