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Evidence in Tarahumara

2 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.1393
Type Ethnography
Game Romavóa
Date 1791-01-01 - 1791-12-31
Rules Two players, played with dice, dice are marked, pieces are moved along the board.
Content "Pátolle ist ein einfältiges Weiberspiel, woben sie sich mit kleinen eingeschnittenen und gezeichneten holzlein unterhalten. Diese werden entweder aus einem in der luft hangenden Hut von unten auf mit der Faust herausgestocken, oder es sitzen bende Parthenen auf der Erde gegen einander, machen zwischen ihnen einen kleinen Zaun, auch von kleinen Holzlein, und treiben ihre gezeichnete Holzlein mit einer Peitsche aus der linken Hand über den Zaun. Wo nun die Holzlein niederfallen, und die eingeschnittenen Strichlein darzeigen, so wird eben so, wie ben dem Wurfelspiele, der Gewinn oder Berlust angerechnet. " Steffel 1791: 342-343.
Confidence 100
Source Steffel, M. 1791. Tarahumarisches Wörterbuch.

Id DLP.Evidence.1692
Type Ethnography
Game Romavóa
Date 1892-01-01 - 1893-08-30
Rules Played on a board with 36 holes arranged in a square, with a gap in the center of each side. There are two semi circles of five holes on the outside of two opposite corners of the board. Four sticks, marked, as dice. Players move pieces according to the throws. Pieces move in opposite directions around the board. When a player lands on a spot with the opponent's piece, the opponent's piece is removed from the board and must re-enter.
Content "Their greatest gambling game, at which they may plav even when tipsy, is quinze ; in Tarahiimare, romavóa. It is played with four sticks of equal length, called romálaka and inscribed with certain marks to indicate their value. Practically they serve the same purpose as dice, but they are thrown in a different way. The player grasps them in his left hand, levels their ends carefully, lifts his bundle, and strikes the ends against a flat or square little stone in front of him, from which they rebound toward his opponent. The sticks count in accordance with the way they fall. The point of the game is to pass through a figure outlined by small holes in the ground between the two players. The movements, of course, depend upon the points gained in throwing the sticks, and the count is kept by means of a little stone, which is placed in the respective hole after each throw. Many accidents may impede its progress ; for instance, it may happen to be in the hole into which the adversary comes from the opposite direction. In this case he is "killed," and he has to begin again from the starting-point. The advance is regulated by a number of ingenious by-laws, which make the game highly intellectual and entertaining. If he has the wherewithal to pay his losses, a Tarahumare may go on playing for a fortnight or a month, until he has lost everything he has in this world, except his wife and children ; he draws the line at that. He scrup-lously pays all his gambling debts. The northern Tepehuanes also know" this game, and play with sticks eighteen to twenty inches long. As these larger sticks fly quite a distance off when rebound- ing, the players sit rather far apart." Lumholtz 1902: 278-281.
Confidence 100
Ages Adult
Spaces Outside
Genders Male
Source Lumholtz, C. 1902. Unknown Mexico; A Record of Five years' Exploration among the Tribes of the Western Sierra Madre; in the Tierra Caliente of Tepic and Jalisco; and among the Tarascos of Michoacan. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.

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