Sports and Religion in the Axial Age
Explore this website about the Mesoamerican ballgame. Take the time to follow the various links and get a good understanding of the ballgame — its rules, its function in society, its relationship to Mesoamerican religious beliefs.
Now go to this website on the ancient Olympic Games. It’s an easy to follow and very informative page providing comparable information about the ancient Olympics.
Here is the topic to be addressed in essay form and posted in this discussion forum:
Using the websites referenced above and any information you’ve gathered from the textbook, draft a 300-400 word post addressing the following question:
What role did sports play in the two societies, Greek and Mesoamerican? What stands out to you as a distinct comparison of the games in the two civilizations? Use specific examples to support your point of view.