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WVK
December 11, 2011 11:41AM
According to the following the "thinking now is that this court is not a place
to play ball, being an "effigy" court for the purpose of ceremonial political
and religious installations"*

It has been noted that the structure enables communication, in a normal voice,
from end temple to end temple and also from the temples to those inside
the "playing" area. Assuming that the "ritual dedications and ceremony involving
Chichén Itzá's elite"** were not preformed in silence, surely they would have
taken advantage of the acoustics.

Ringle 2003:170
"...has suggested that CI GBC was primarily a ceremonial space that swerved as a
monumental effigy of a ball court. For that reason it did not need to conform to the more pragmatic consideration of a ball court"
[books.google.com]

*Mayanist Falken Forshaw comments: "The thinking now is that this court is not a place to play ball, being an "effigy" court for the purpose of ceremonial political and religious installations.
[archaeology.about.com]

View, looking north, of the Great Ballcourt, the largest one ever built in Mesoamerica. Its dimensions are such, many scholars have suggested that actual ballplay would have been impossible. They maintain it may have been used as a ritual space where the ballgame was never played but which was, nevertheless, charged with all the cosmological meaning of an actual ballcourt.
[www.mesoweb.com]

**Two enormous carved stone rings were placed near the top of the walls on both sides; the inaccessible placement of these seem to indicate that it was highly unlikely they were actually employed during the game itself. Indeed, it is currently thought that this enormous court may have been an "effigy" construction not used for playing the ball game at all, but rather for ritual dedications and ceremony involving Chichén Itzá's elite.
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Great Ballcourt acoustics

WVK December 11, 2011 11:41AM

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