An Ancient Ballgame Makes A Comeback In Mexico

At the end of practice at the Xochikalli cultural center in Mexico City, ulama ballgame players perform a brief dedication to Aztec gods.

Ulama is a pre-Columbian team sport played with a solid rubber ball that’s bounced off players’ hips. In olden times, the game is said to have decided the winners of wars.

(Image credit: James Fredrick for NPR)