Temple 11

Copan: Temple 11 South Side [January 9, 2004]

"Huge stone conch shells marked the terrace as the surface of the Xibalban waters...It was the "place of fright," the Otherworld where sacrificial victims were sent into the land of the Lords of Death to play ball and to deliver messages from the divine ahau. With the construction of such an elaborate, theatrical ballcourt, Yax-Pac was making an important statment about his strategies for the kingship: he would require himself to excel in battle against noble enemies and bring these enemies here to die."

Linda Schele & David Freidel, A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya, p. 323