Teams of Mexico and Belize clashed in the pre-Hispanic city of teotihuacan this Saturday to play a game of Ulama, a ball game in which the use that players make their hips, is more important than the use they make of their feet .

Ulama, also known as ullamaliztli by Aztecs is played with a rubber ball about two pounds of weight, with teams of four players that can only move the ball using their hips. The goal of the game is to keep control of the ball and that this is kept inside the field.

Yo Creek Village (Orange Walk) PokTaPok Maya team representing Belize internationally. The team won Teotihuacan team in Mexico . They won an Oxidian Trophy. The spirit of our Maya ancestors are with our team. Picture courtesy of Mrs Felicita Cantun from U Puksi'ik'al Maya.

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Teams from Mexico and Belize gathered in the pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan on Saturday, to play a variation of a pre-historic Mesoamerican ballgame Ulama, where a player's hips are more important than their feet.


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Yucatec Maya of Belize playing the Poktapok

The Yucatec Maya group Ek Balam poktapok of Belize from the village of Yo Creek in Orange Walk playing the ancient Maya ball game at Nim Li Punit.

Video by Courtesy by Felicta Cantun of U Puksi'ik'al Maya from Yo Creek,Orange Walk.