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The Popol Vuh Mythical Legend Although there are numerous ways in which the human sacrifice were performed in the Mayan culture, the engagement of human sacrifice along with the ballgame can be further explain in detail via the mythic narrative of Popol Vuh. The association of the underworld, the ballgame, and sacrifice significant can be reveal in this legendary context. In Popol Vuh, the Hero Twins engaged in a ritualistic game with the Lords of the Underworld, which provides the further understanding on the significance of the ballgame and the aspect of human sacrifice. The story begins with the two brothers, one named One Hunahpu and the other named Seven Hunahpu. They were extremely talented at sports. The brothers would bounce the rubber ball all day. One day, while playing with the rubber ball on the way to Xibalba, they disturbed the Lords of the Underworld by playing loudly. The Lords of the Underworlds postulated that the brothers were disrespecting them, and demanded the brothers to be summoned so they could defeat