Violent and Bloody Sports
There is no surprise to the fact that sports are often violent and bloody. Even the gentleman’s game cricket is prone to occasional scuffles. Some of the ancient counterparts are simply terrifying. Take a look yourself – at List of top 10 Most Violent and Bloody Sports.
10 Chillingly Violent and Bloody Sports from the Past
10. PELOTA PURÉPECHA, MEXICO
Invented by the native Purépechan, who lived in the Mexican state of Michoacan, the game is a form of ancient hockey where the ball is lit on fire with the help of pine resins. Like hockey, the players of two teams batter the fiery ball in attempt to get it across the goal line marked on either side of the field. The game is played at night so that the fiery ball – known as a zapandukua – makes the game look remarkable in the darkness. Unfortunately pelota purépechan is one of the 150 pre-Hispanic games that are on the verge of extinction but luckily the Mexican government is making efforts to rescue it from getting forgotten.
9. CHUNKEY, NATIVE AMERICAN
It basically involves a disc shaped stone rolling across the ground and the participants had to throw spears as close as possible, to the place where the stone had stopped. Originating around 600 CE in the region what is now known as United States, it was a popular game, so much so that losers were known to have committed suicide. Chunkey was played over a large stretch of land that served to bring a large audience mix from different regions. Gambling was common and often so passionately played that few gamblers wagered everything they owned on the game. The outcomes of losses, in this case, were very grim.
8. PITZ, MAYAN CIVILISATION
Rumoured to have originated around 2,500 BC, pitz was often played to settle disputes among the Mayan people. There were different variations of this game with different rules in each of them. The most popular one, among the many versions was in which the player would strike the ball with his hip; some of the other versions involved handstones, rackets, bats and forearms. It wasn’t as easy as it sound because the ball weighed 4 kg (9lbs) made out of solid rubber, but the size differed with the variation of the game. This sport, more often than not was associated with rituals and it is said that captives who were give a chance to play the game and had lost it, were beheaded. But such games were believed to be rigged beforehand.