On American Lot-games: As Evidence of Asiatic Intercourse Before the Time of Columbus

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E.J. Brill, 1896 - Indians - 15 pages
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Page 10 - ... cinco eran diez y diez veinte y si uno uno y si dos dos y si tres tres y si cuatro cuatro pero pintando cinco eran diez y si diez veinte y así aquellas pintillas blancas eran suertes y cuenta de las rayas que se ganaban y para mudar las piedras de unas casas en otras. Al cual juego cuando se jugaba acudían...
Page 7 - Of this game the description by Lopez de Gomara was written between 1540-50, as follows: Sometimes Montezuma looked on as they played at •patoliztli, which much resembles the game of tables, and which is played with beans marked like one-faced dice which they call •patolli) which they shake between both hands and throw on a mat or on the ground where there are certain lines like a merell-board, on which they mark with stones the point that came up, by taking off or putting on a little stone.
Page 14 - ... elements, the more improbable the recurrence of their combination. In the case of a language recurrence may be treated as impossible. If the invention of the gun be divided into the blowtube, the use of metal, the explosive, the lock, the percussion etc., and classed as an invention say of the 10th- order , and the invention of chess with its six kinds of pieces with different moves indicated as of perhaps the 6th. order, these figures would correspond to an immense improbability of recurrence....
Page 14 - Popular opinion is no doubt led by accumulated experience to consider that highly special or complex phenomena of thought and habit do not so readily recur as the obvious and simple, and probably this judgment is sound. The subject ought, however, to be brought to altogether more accurate definition. I have found it useful at any rate as a means of clearing ideas, to attempt a definite rule by analyzing such phenomena into constituent elements showing so little connection with one another that they...
Page 8 - También los señores por su pasatiempo jugaban un juego que se llama patolli, que es como el juego del castro o alquerque, o casi, o como el juego de los dados, y son cuatro frijoles grandes que cada uno tiene un agujero, y arrójanlos con la mano sobre un petate, — como quien juega a los carnicoles — donde está hecha una figura; a este juego solían jugar y ganarse cosas preciosas, como cuentas de oro...
Page 11 - ... The evidence derived from this game, however, by no means ends here. Father Joseph Ochs, a Jesuit missionary who was in Mexico in 1754-68, in the following passage is no doubt speaking of the natives in the Tarahumara and Pima district. " Instead of our cards they have slips of reed or bits of wood, a thumb wide and almost a span long, on which, as on a tally, different strokes are cut in and stained black. These they hold together tight in the hand, raise them as high as they can, and let them...
Page 10 - ... y traía lumbre y echaba en la lumbre incienzo y ofrecía su sacrificio ante aquellos instrumentos ofreciendo comida delante de ellos. Acabada la ofrenda y ceremonias iban á jugar con toda la confianza del mundo.
Page 10 - ... de jugalle tenían para lo cual es de saber que al juego que sobre esta estera jugaban llamaban patolly que es el mesmo bocablo que agora llamamos naypes. Sobre esta estera tenían pintada una aspa grande de que tomaba el petate de esquina á esquina dentro del güeco de esta aspa había...
Page 14 - ... of which might be less than that of chess, but according to common experience still far outside any probability on which reasonable men could count. If this argument be admitted, the relation of the pachisi-patolli groups of games in the Old and New World must be accounted for by intercourse before the Spanish conquest, other than that of the Northmen, which fails to answer the conditions. If communication across the Atlantic fails, the alternative is communication across the Pacific from Eastern...
Page 10 - ... juego. Había este juego de la estera que era el mas recio que se jugaba casi como entre nosotros la primera ó las presas que son juegos para de presto como dicen á este juego podían jugar muchos juntos y de compañía como querían y así era el juego mas usado que había del cual principalmente pienso tratar y declarallo pues nuestro principal intento es en este capítulo tratar de él y del modo que...

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