Sports, Games, and Gambling in the Aztec World

Sports, Games, and Gambling in the Aztec World

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Sports, Games, and Gambling in the Aztec World consists of a series of original essays written by Professor Wasserman over a twenty-year period. These essays review and discuss the psychological dynamics involved in the three major Aztec sports and games: patolli (the dice game), tlachtli (the ball game), and Volador (the game of vertigo). In addition, as part of the collection, there is a creative piece showing that poetry, although not considered a game or sport, was viewed by an honored king in the Aztec worldNezahualcoyotl or Hungry Coyoteas a human gamble with death itself.With regard to Nezahualcoyotla#39;s connection to any specific sport or game, as well as his participation in gambling, the historical research has indicated that he was an avid competitor in the game of tlachtli (the Aztec ball game) and that this was an activity where he occasionally bet on his own team to win (on this matter, see Gillmor, 1999, pp. 156 and 162). Even though any a€œNezahualcoyotl-tlachtlia€ connection is fascinating in its own way, my real motivation for writing this essay wasanbsp;...

Title:Sports, Games, and Gambling in the Aztec World
Author: Martin Wasserman
Publisher:Xlibris Corporation - 2017-04-07

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