Macuilxochitl
Macuilxochitl

The Aztec god of Games

These are some Aztec games
The ring for the Aztec ball game, ullamaliztli
The ring for the Aztec ball game, ullamaliztli

Ullamaliztli, the famous Aztec ball game, was played on a tlachtli ball court (the game is sometimes referred to as Tlachtli). The ball court was one of the first things built when the Aztecs settled a new area, making it the most important of the ancient Aztec games. It was a very difficult game played with a large rubber ball (the name of the game comes from the word ulli, or rubber). The game was not just important for entertainment, but also politics and religion.
ancient Aztec game of patolli
ancient Aztec game of patolli

In Patolli,as with Ullamaliztli, betting was common. But in patolli, betting was central to the game. It was a game of chance and skill, played on a board shaped like a cross. Players would bet precious metals and stones, plants, or even themselves on the outcome of the game. In the play itself, players would move their pieces on and off the board based on the throws of the beans or stones (dimpled like dice).


Nicholas!! Great job!! Thank you for sharing your new learning. This is really interesting! You can go to this website and actually play Patolli by following a link. Go to http://www.aztec-history.com/ancient-aztec-games.html to play!!