Ball Courts At El Tajin Ruin Site, VeraCruz, Mexico
El Tajin Archaeological Ruin Site is notable for the existence of at least 17 Ball Courts, some with elaborately decorated stone enclosure depicting ritual blood sacrifice.
El Tajin Ruin Site is located in Papantla, Veracruz State, Mexico and can be reached by bus service from Poza Rica or Papantla.
ADO serves Poza Rica from Jalapa and other cities including Tuxpan and local buses make frequent runs from the adjacent bus terminal in Poza Rica.
El Tajin ruin is still being studied and not much is known conclusively about the founders. One theory has it as a Totonac city built in the first century AD that prospered as one of the largest cities in the classic era until the 13th Century.
El Tajin was destroyed, archaeologists believe, in the 13th century when invaders form the Chicemec culture defeated and burned the city. El Tajin had been abandoned long before the Spanish arrived in 1519.
El Tajin shows influence from Teotihuacan in its early classic stages and Toltec influence in later stages of buildings and art, but the art and building design of El Tajin are unique different than any other in Mexico having a much more fluid and flowery style.
El Tajin's most notable building, the Pyramid of the Niches, is thought by some researchers to be a stone calendar with a recessed niche for each day. The building has six tiers that make a stepped pyramid 60 feet high. Each tier has niches recessed into the wall. A stairway on the east side leads to the top where there had once been a temple.
El Tajin Ball Courts
El Tajin Ruin Site
Vera Cruz State, Mexico
El Tajin's ball courts have richly carved stones depicting ritual body piercing including the piercing of the penis and the sacrificing of the ball player.
The ball courts mmake El Tajin notable as a ruin site because of their number and their elaborately decorated walls. Several enclosures show detailed sculptures of ritual blood letting and human sacrifice.
Visitors walk in one of the 17 El Tajin Ball Courts
Stone sides of the Ball Court showing elaborate sculptures
Stone sides of one of the Ball Courts showing elaborate sculptures
Stone corner of one of the Ball Courts showing elaborate sculptures
Stone sculpture showing ritual body piercing
El Tajin as it would have looked during the 6th Century AD
Ball courts at El Tajin Ruin Site in Vera Cruz, Mexico number 17 thus far discovered. The Ball Courts are lined with elaborately decorated stone enclosure that depict blood sacrifice..
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