Pre-Hispanic Game Pelota Purepecha Is Hockey With A Flaming Ball

Pelota purepecha is a Mexican sport similar to Hockey which uses a ball which has been set on fire. It has a league, several practicing communities and about 800 players across Mexico as of 2010. It is one of 150 pre-Hispanic Mexican games at risk of dying out.
The game, which originated in Michoacan, is believed to have been developed up to 3500 years ago and something very similar to pelota purepecha is depicted on the murals of the Palacio de Tepantitla at Teotihuacan. The sport originated as a representation of a Purepecha legend of a battle between day and night with the flaming ball signifying the sun and the players representing the movement of the universe.
Traditionally the game is played around a block of houses or along four streets, about 6─8 meters wide and 150─200 meters long. The game has since been adapted to be played in parks.
A pelota purepecha has a diameter of 12─14 cm. Balls not intended to be set on fire were originally made from hundreds of monarch butterfly cocoons but are now made from natural fabrics. The fireball version is made from wood and used to be dipped in pine resin to be made flammable though today petrol is substituted.

Pre Hispanic game Pelota Purepecha is hockey with a flaming ball

Pre Hispanic game Pelota Purepecha is hockey with a flaming ball

Pre Hispanic game Pelota Purepecha is hockey with a flaming ball

Pre Hispanic game Pelota Purepecha is hockey with a flaming ball

Pre Hispanic game Pelota Purepecha is hockey with a flaming ball

Pre Hispanic game Pelota Purepecha is hockey with a flaming ball

Pre Hispanic game Pelota Purepecha is hockey with a flaming ball

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