Basketball and Football's Ancient Mayan Roots Reveal a Lethal, Ritualistic 'Ball Game' in Tikal, Guatemala

On a recent visit to the beautiful countries of Belize and Guatemala, I learned that the Mayans were serious about their "ball game," so much so that it was a life-or-death competition as well as a "complex ritual based on religious beliefs."

National Geographic Top 'Sacred Places' List: Belize Ancient Mayan Cave Ranks First

Belize's Actun Tunichil Muknal (Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre), or ATM, is a true gem and archeologist's dream. Now I understand why "Ghost Hunters International" Season 3, dedicated its ninth episode to feature "The Crystal Maiden: Belize and France" and evaluated the ghost stories behind the "Mysterious Maiden."
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