National Geographic : 1937 Jun
© National Geographic Society Painting by H.M. Herget WAR CLUBS CLASH AS "EAGLE" FIGHTS CAPTIVE IN A TEMPLE CEREMONY WATCHED BY THOUSANDS If the prisoner bests five warriors, he gains freedom, but since he battles shieldless and tethered, he has slight chance. Feathers fringe the sides of his long club, while the opponents' weapons are edged with sharp obsidian blades. If the captive wins the first encounter, hemeets another warrior of the Eagle clan (left), then two "Jaguars," and finally the left-handed fighter behind the stone. A priest dressed as ablack bear referees the fight.