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Mesoamerican Ballgame by flaviobolla Mesoamerican Ballgame by flaviobolla
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Kaptain-Kefiah Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so sad the Tlachtli is not a widespread sport nowadays(sans human sacrifices), it's metal as hell and has a 4000-years-long history.
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BabakoSen Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I forget, in this game is it the winners who were sacrificed to the gods or the losers?
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runikol2000 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist
the losers were sacrificed 
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:iconbabakosen:
BabakoSen Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OK, that's what I thought.
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cinemajack Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
This is so amazing
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MummyKiller Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome work! Looks fantastic :happy-wave: 
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Borealis113 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
Wow *-* The Road to El Dorado anyone? It's awesome to see that ancient activity being illustrated in such a nice way!
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KeyKareh Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
very cool :D.
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CindysArt Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful work!!! I like your paintings, you are very good! :clap:
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Narcotic-Woman Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work its good, the only thing is, they never use their hands, this is more like an ancient Soccer jeje, it was a game where you only can use your legs and hips, I Know because I live 30 minutes from one of the stadiums, in Yucatán. Its funny to think it was like basketball but its not like it... at all, jajaja. But it was kind of creepy because the winners were sacrificed as a gift for the gods, wich were the higest honor in that time, he, pretty nice.
And please forgive my english its sucks.
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Vanleith Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013   Digital Artist
Que bueno es ver a otro Yucateco que se dió cuenta de lo mismo! jaja :D Te watcheo solo por el hecho de ser Yucateca! lml
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Narcotic-Woman Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Eso es! Jeje. Saludos!
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Firiless Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Student
wow this is just to amazing!
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Goastantie Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Amazing work as always
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The-Raven-Soul Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I would say this reminds me of my childhood favorite "The Road to El Dorado."
I WOULD say that, but people have already said it, so I'll just add my voice to theirs. Thank you for the pleasant memories!
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thisisntadream Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
This reminds me of the game scene from the film 'The Road to El Dorado' :) This picture is really good ^~^
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djatapasko Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow
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UniversalDragon Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student General Artist
ah the predecessor to basket ball, back then there were no fouls! :iconthrowplz: .........



actually i doubt there were any rules against physical violence during game play :icondragonteaplz: ......
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worldbreaker9 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the right guy seems a little disproportionate.
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:iconalicevii:
AliceVII Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
awesome awesome work :squee:
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XelfrepuslaX Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
Lovely, I think I've seen this sport before not too sure what it is though o.O
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caballero-nocturno Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
cool
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TheHiddenDandy Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
It remembers me the Disney movie El Dorado. Thus, I really like the dynamic positions!
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember reading about these games as a child. Really interesting, and you painted it very well.
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oOCrystalOo Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of this games were you don't want to lose and certainly not want to win,
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RoadZero Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it's cool that someone depicts the scenes of ancient life or other not-so-well-known stuff.
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kitgryph Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Their kind of post-game habits might just get rid of some of the slackers in the NFL,,,. Come to think of it, soccer began when an English farmer found a viking skull and began kicking it about for revenge,,,.
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tomp1210 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
"The hip, the hip!" - El Dorado, lol. Nice work!
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mrgomez509 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Cool!
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goldentorch4 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Very nice!
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luis23jlm Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
awesome
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist
Great job. If I remember correctly the loser would be punished severely or something like that.
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AlvarV Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Actually, the winners were sacrificed XD

Not sure what happened to the losers though.
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist
Ah,, I see. Thanks. I guess this is the only game where I don't want to win. :)
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RyanCalebMalcoph Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
you know the first ball was a human head right?
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TheArcticFlame Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The movement, the lighting, and the colors are really nice.
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MorgzArt Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nooo, paint a decapitated head, not a ball! :P
Really nice work.
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lizzy-dark-rose Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student
Tulio! The hip! The hip!!
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DraconicParagon Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Road to Eldorado anyone?
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Majeh4108 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
I was just thinking the same thing!
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DraconicParagon Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D :spyed:
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DreadHaven Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
I was just thinking that :D
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randomeye713 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
"Loser gets sacrificed!"
"nooo......"
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timothylgreen Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
It was actually the Winner and it was an honor to be sacrificed to their gods.
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Zabesho Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
pretty good
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:iconzetpk:
Zetpk Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Mayans also played ball with chopped off heads :P
Very interesting drawing, great atmosphere.
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:iconwangqr:
wangqr Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this looks amazing! and interestingly i happen to have gone to Cancun and learned about this game, just recently! :XD:
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Girasoul Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great!
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iizel Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
That's beautiful! The movement in it is great.
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