The Temple at Tikal


photo of a little Mayan girl

A little girl carrying water back to the village

Written By; Gary Wonning

The temple complex has been restored and is actually in very good condition. At the height of its glory, only royalty and the wealthy lived in the temple area, everyone else lived in villages surrounding the temple.

It was fascinating to be standing in the courtyard where games resembling basketball and racquetball were played. There were even holes in the wall where the ball had to be thrown or kicked through! The holes were not very large and looked to be higher than our present day basketball rims, which are ten feet from the floor. It probably wasn’t hard to make the pros in those days, as the losers, and sometimes even the winners were beheaded and sacrificed.


I had lived my entire life in basketball-crazy  Indiana, I suddenly realized maybe the reason basketball is so popular in Indiana is that there must be a large number of reincarnated Mayas living there! At least we don’t behead the losers anymore, we come close, but isn’t actually practiced, well maybe in our minds!

photo of a Mayan Pyramid

An interesting photo book about the Maya Indians of central America

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,

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Published by Gary Wonning