THE FOOTBALL PLAYERS WHO SACRIFICED FOR GOD
TANRI İÇİN KURBAN EDİLEN FUTBOLCULAR

Author : Ünsal TAZEGÜL
Number of pages : 603-613

Abstract

Though it is not known where and when the football game, which is very popular in our time,first appeared.It is known that it has been played by many civilizations for different purposes. Two of these societies are Aztec and Maya societies. Different from the other societies,the team ,which lose the game, was used to sacrified in this society. In Aztec Civilisation, the field, where the football played, had been named as “tlacbitli” or “tlacbco” and football game had been named as “ullamaliztli”In Aztec Civilisation, football game was being played on approximetly 30 to 65 meter lenght fields. During the football game, players was wearing leather materials to certain parts of their bodies. Those leather materials were protecting their bodies against the hit of the ball. In Maya Society, football game wasw named as pok-atok.The informations related to Pok-a-tok, has been acquired from the walls of the football field belong to that time, religious pictures and some written sources.Unlike other societies, In Maya and Aztec Civilisations, The loser team players were being sacrificed after the match The aim of this research is to present the futball understanding in Aztec and Maya societies. During the literature scan for this, restricted number of Turkish resource has been found. Duting the examining of Turkish and foreign resources. It has been understood that in these great two civilizations, cosmological and religious meanings have been given to this sport.

Keywords

Football, Aztec, Maya, Sacrifice.

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