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Cultures of Latin America Pack
Emblematic culture
  • +10 Stability
  • +10 Influence on Settled City
  • Count as " Commons Quarter"
(80 + (20 * (District - 1) ^ 1.15)) + ((District - 1) * 0.85) ^ 2.03
For :
District = 2.00
Result = 100.72


The heart of community life, the ball games of the Batey carry divine weight.

Among the Taíno, the term batey referred to both a ball game and the place where it was played.
Generally associated with the main village square, bateys had a highly symbolic function. Their limits were marked with upright stone slabs, most likely placed in alignment with the different solstices and equinoxes, and carved with petroglyphs of cemis, the Taíno’s deities or ancestral spirits. Certain specialists also believe that the batey’s rectangular shape represented the four cardinal directions.
Batey was played by two teams with anywhere from 20 to 30 men and women, a ball often made of rubber, and hip and knee protections. In addition to its playful side, the game also had a ritual function: it could be used to mete out justice or settle disputes, while the outcome, under the watchful eye of the cemis and village chief, took on a prophetic dimension.