Mexico revives 3,000-year-old ancient ball game - BBC News
A championship is being played in Mexico to try to revive a 3,000-year-old ball game.


The finals of a revived 3,000-year-old ball game have been played in the Mexican city of Teotihuacan

Organisers have been trying to bring back the game, known as Ullamaliztli in Mexico, because of its ancient cultural and religious significance.

The game was played across Central America before being banned by the Spanish conquistadors.

The tournament, only the second since 2006, is being played by ten teams from across Mexico.

According to ancient texts the ball game was seen as a struggle between light and darkness and provided the energy to keep humanity going.

One of the best preserved ball courts can be found - with stone rings to throw the ball through - in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula

Today the game is played by teams of seven players, who knock a heavy solid rubber ball up and down a narrow pitch, using their hips rather than their feet.

Giant ball courts can still be seen in ruins across the region.

In ancient times losers of the game were often sacrificed to the Gods*, but this year organisers opted for a knockout tournament instead.

* There is iconography and mythology related to the ballgame that involve sacrifice, but there is little evidence that people were sacrificed for having played this game.


Yellowmead Stone Circle, Devon, England

Yellowmead Stone Circle is a Bronze Age concentric stone circle consisting of four rings of stones set within one another. The largest is 98 feet (20 m) wide and the smallest, 19 feet (6 m). It is located on Yellowmead Down near Sheepstor. The circles once encircled a burial cairn, although this is now barely visible.

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- Luke is going to have an emotional reunion with Chewbacca and R2-D2. They also mention in passing that there’s not going to be a reunion scene between Luke and Leia now that we’ve lost Carrie. 

- Luke doesn’t appear to have a lightsaber in the movie, or not for most of it, if he does.

- Rey is going to be trained by Luke in the movie. It’s going to be like Yoda but it’s going to have a unique spin on it because of Luke’s emotional state.

- Ahch-To is much more mystical place than Dagobah.

- The Convorees are not Convorees. They are little tiny birds called Porgs, or at least that’s what they were referred to as during production. They are soft, white and grey and they have a little bit of orange by the eyes. Solid black eyes, short tail. They’re adorable and creepy at the same time. A sequence filmed in Ireland on the cliff shows a nest with babies. Baby Porgs are disgusting and gross.

- Chewbacca goes back to nature and there’s stuff with him and the birds.

- Luke has a scene where he explains Rey’s connection to the Force and why it’s important. Her relation to main characters of the Saga may not be as important as her relation to the Force and who she is. They still don’t think she’s a Skywalker by blood. She’s a Skywalker in a sense that she’s our Anakin and Luke of this trilogy.

- Laura Dern’s character is probably called Admiral Holdo although she doesn’t look like an admiral. She has a fancy dress with a built-in cape. She has purple flapper hair and a little silver blaster pistol. She looks like a senator from the Prequels. She’s probably from the Republic and doesn’t seem deserving of her position.

- The sets are tremendous.

- There’s no evidense of Leia being injured or hold up in a hospital bed. She has a black costume that is very angular. It looks like a funeral dress but could as well be a mourning dress. It’s very goth, very medieval but also modern. It would fit in the Coruscant opera. She also wears a brown military dress and she has her classic pistol from ANH.

- Poe leads the fleet while they’re being chased by the First Order. Admiral Holdo brings new ships with her.

- There’s more BB-8s in the Resistance. They look like giant brass balls, really dirty and rusty.

- BB-8 goes with Finn and “Rose/Rosie” (KMT’s character) to the casino planet.

- Poe has a new x-wing.

- The First Order versions of BB units are like Satan versions of BB-8s. They’re black and have vents on their sides, inside is like red fire, hexagon heads.

- This movie feels like a new SW movie, everything looks so good, fresh and new.

- Snoke is kind of like an evil Hugh Hefner. He looks really cool. He has a gold, ornate, almost like a Persian pattern kimono outfit and genie slippers . He’s about opulence and money. He cares about wealth and power.  He wears a ring with a black stone which is a black kyber crystal. He looks like a space pimp. His throne room is probably inside the super star destroyer. He’s more like a dictator in the classic sense than Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine were.

- Snoke’s guards are referred to as Praetorian Guards. They are the new version of the Red Royal Guards that Palpatine had. Glossy red armor, shell plating, and matte red cloth elements. 6-8 different helmets. They have melee weapons based on martial arts.

- The Knights of Ren don’t look like elite compared to Snoke’s guards. They are  probably a bunch of mercenaries serving under Kylo Ren. According to several reports the guys in black on Ahch-To are not KoR.

- Snoke’s Mega Destroyer is like a Death Star if it was a Star Destroyer. A city in the sky, it’s colossal. It’s hunting the Resistance and Poe is evading it.

- Kylo Ren has a hospital bed on it with a FX7 style droid. He is being worked on. He comes back like Finn. Kylo is on a quest where he needs to proof himself. He doesn’t actually wear the helmet in the movie much at all. As Kylo perhaps becomes what he was pretending to be, he may not need a helmet anymore. He doesn’t need it as a symbol anymore.

- Kylo Ren has a customized TIE Fighter evocative of the Falcon.

- They speculate that if Kylo would go back to the good side the First Order would probably still have enough fire power and infantry to take on the Resistance even without Kylo.

- The Praetorian Guards and Captain Phasma actually do something this time.

- There’s a casino on Canto Bight. Finn, “Rosie” and BB-8 are on an adventure there that intertwines with a character called DJ. It could be a code name. He’s Benicio Del Toro’s character. He appears to be a dirty, scuzzy underworld guy and he has a really fancy ship. They speculate that maybe he stole the ship or maybe he’s hiding his real identity by dressing like an underworld guy.

- The salt flat planet is called Crait. The Gorilla walkers or AT4Xs attack on this planet because there’s a Rebel mine there. It was funding the Rebellion during the Galactic civil war against the Empire and now it’s been turned on again. It could be funding the Resistance or it could be the location of the Resistance Base.

- They take gems from the mine and drop them on walkers and it’s enough to take a walker down.

- They speculate if it’s possible that they filmed a confrontation scene between Leia and Kylo Ren and are now moving it to episode IX. Or that maybe Leia sent some sort of “come home” transmission message to Ben, something like “you can still come back”, and maybe now we won’t see it in TLJ because it’s been moved to episode IX. This is all speculation, they don’t know what happens to Leia’s scenes.

- Kylo’s mask design doesn’t allow showing emotions because you can’t see his eyes. So they may take off his helmet to show that he’s not comfortable, he’s not Kylo Ren, he’s still Ben. Now he’s just owning it. But he goes from TFA into TLJ eager to proof himself to Snoke. He’s still on that path.

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He held me hard against him then, without speaking, and I could feel the pulsebeat in his throat, hammering like my own. His hands went to my bare shoulders, and he held me slightly away, so that I was looking upward into his face. His hands were large and very warm, and I felt slightly dizzy.

“I want ye, Claire,” he said, sounding choked. He paused a moment, as though unsure what to say next. “I want ye so much— I can scarcely breathe. Will—” He swallowed, then cleared his throat. “Will ye have me?” 

By now I had found my voice. It squeaked and wobbled, but it worked.

Yes,” I said. “Yes, I’ll have you.”

“I think …” he began, then stopped. He fumbled loose the buckle of his kilt, but then looked up at me, bunching his hands at his sides. He spoke with difficulty, controlling something so powerful that his hands shook with the effort. “I’ll not … I can’t … Claire, I canna be gentle about it.” 

I had time only to nod once, in acknowledgment or permission, before he bore me back before him, his weight pinning me to the bed. 

He did not pause to undress further. I could smell the road dust in his shirt, and taste the sun and sweat of travel on his skin. He held me, arms outstretched, wrists pinioned. One hand brushed the wall, and I felt the tiny scrape of one wedding ring chiming against the stone. One ring for each hand, one silver, one gold. And the thin metal suddenly heavy as the bonds of matrimony, as though the rings were tiny shackles, fastening me spread-eagled to the bed, stretched forever between two poles, held in bondage like Prometheus on his lonely rock, divided love the vulture that tore at my heart.

1.09 The Reckoning

blueagia  asked:

Is it possible, in theory, to give the Others a backstory in a way that does not ruin their mystique? Any backstory, not necessarily the show version.

Sure! They’re an exaggerated omnicidal version of the Unseelie Court, aka the Bad Faeries, to the Children’s Seelie (or Summer) Court.

The faeries of the Seelie Court are rarely presented as an unambiguous good from the perspective of their human neighbors, and neither are the Children. The Unseelie Court and its various inhabitants, however, bring the true nightmares. They require no offense from humanity before attacking (check), they regularly abduct humans into their Horde (check), they enjoy toying with mortals and occasionally taking a particular one as pet (check), and they’ve been known to transform mortals into faeries (possible check). 

Of course, the Others are considerably more destabilizing to the overall cycles of nature than your traditional Bad Faeries, so one must also reckon with the enormous influence of Terry Pratchett, felt all over ASOIAF but especially in the echoes of Pratchett’s Elves in GRRM’s Others:

A land of ice…

Not winter, because that presumes an autumn and perhaps one day a spring. This is a land of ice, not just a time of ice. 

And three figures on horseback, looking down the snow covered slope to a ring of eight stones. From this side they look much bigger. 

You might watch the figures for some time before you realised what it was about them that was strange-stranger, that is, than their clothing. The hot breath of their horses hung in the freezing air. But the breath of the riders did not. 

“And this time,” said the figure in the centre, a woman in red, “there will be no defeat. The land will welcome us. It must hate humans now.” 

“But there were witches,” said one of the other riders. “I remember the witches.”

“Once, yes,” said the woman. “But now…poor things, poor things. Scarce any power in them at all. And suggestible. Pliant minds. I have crept about, my deary. I have crept about o'nights. I know the witches they have now. Leave the witches to me." 

"I remember the witches,” said the third rider insistently. “Minds like…like metal." 

"Not anymore. I tell you, leave them to me.” The Queen smiled benevolently at the stone circle. “And then you can have them,” she said. “For me, I rather fancy a mortal husband. A special mortal. A union of the worlds. To show them that this time we mean to stay." 

"The King will not like that." 

"And when has that ever mattered?" 

"Never, lady." 

"The time is right, Lankin. The circles are opening. Soon we can return." 

The second rider leaned on the saddlehorn. "And I can hunt again,” it said. “When? When?" 

"Soon,” said the Queen. “Soon." 

anonymous asked:

Hi, I'm new to the fandom and I love larry soo much.. Can you tell me the significance of Harry's rings? Thanks 😘

Well, first of all…welcome. Second, what a time to enter into the fandom. Wow. But thank you for following me, that’s an honor. 

Anyway, I have a lousy tagging system and always think I’m going to remember things but then don’t. So I can’t give you an extensive masterpost on his rings, but I will try to talk about the ones that seem most significant. @iftheresnolove and @tellmethisisnotlove and @lads-laddylads and @adifferentkindofson all are much more organized, so their tags are a great place to start with general fandom questions you might have about anything (but it seems not about rings because I already tried. LMAO). With that being said…here goes:

The Peace ring he’s been wearing on that right middle finger since April 2013 and he appears to never take it off. A lot of people have the head canon that it’s the first engagement ring that Louis gave him (because of course, Louis has proposed 6 million times - each time with a new ring). The Grateful Dead bear ring he’s also worn since June 2013 (if I’m not wrong) and was a constant along with the peace ring for a long time.

I’ve read posts that say the ring finger of the right hand is traditionally the wedding finger in same sex marriages, and Urban Dictionary says otherwise. I’m straight though, so I’d have to rely on someone else’s expertise there. But the fact that Harry’s been wearing that same silver ring on the middle finger of his left hand for 4 years now seems pretty significant. He also tends to indicate or play with this ring often when either he or Louis are asked about marriage or dating. 

Harry added the turquoise ring (below) in 2014 and wore it consistently for a while until, I believe, it broke. There have been head canons that it’s Louis’ birthstone (December birthstone is turquoise) and lots of talk about the fact that turquoise is a blue/green stone (and, as you know, blue & green are Larry colors).

He’s worn numerous other rings through the years - some only showing up once or twice, and others being worn often. I’m not going to add them all here because it would take me a lifetime since he has so many. Suffice it to say, the boy loves accessories.  

However, in addition to the peace ring, he has been wearing these two new ones on his right hand consistently throughout HS1 promo, so I’ll detail a bit. 

The rose ring popped up when Harry was papped outside a London recording studio in March 2017. It also has a caterpillar inside. And Louis probably definitely bought it for him. There’s also a lot of speculation about this being connected to Harry’s rose tattoo which is, of course, connected to Louis’ dagger tattoo. 

The red stone ring is fairly new as well. I’ve seen talk about it being Louis’ birthstone (he’s a Capricorn and the Capricorn birthstone is garnet) and that it’s possibly also another engagement ring.

Over the years there have been various rings that seemed to have some particular significance (such as the two he “shared” while Haige was being foisted upon us), but these 6 rings seem to be the main ones he wears/has worn on a regular basis. I hope that answers your question a bit!

“On his first hand he wore rings of stone,
Iron, amber, wood and bone.
There were rings unseen on his second hand.
One was blood in a flowing band.
One of air all whisper thin,
And the ring of ice had a flaw within.
Full faintly shone the ring of flame,
and the final ring was without name.”

(Wacom has failed me once again and I decided that we should go our separate ways. I’m with Huion now and she seems really nice, I hope we’ll make lot of babies… And by babies, I mean drawings, just to be clear.)