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Pasa DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region South America

Category Board, Race, Score


Pasa is a dice game that was played in the Andes since at least the eighteenth century. It involves a special seven-sided die, and includes rolls where players may lose points. The highest roll is called "Huayru," which is a word for dice known to be used by the Inka.


The board is a double-headed eagle, with two lines of ten holes. One seven-sided die. One side has a special mark, one is blank, and the others are numbered 1-5. The special mark scores 10, the blank side scores -10. Players roll the die, and add up their scores as they go, placing a peg in a hole to mark ten points. The player who reaches 100 points first wins.

Juan and Ulloa 1748: 549; Bollaert 1860: 168; Depaulis 1998: 32.



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Depaulis 1998: 32; Culin 1898: 805.

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Bollaert, W. 1860. Antiquarian, Ethnological and other Researches in New Granada, Equador, Peru and Chile. London: Trübner and Co.

Culin, S. 1898. Chess and Playing-Cards. Washington: Government Printing Office.

Depaulis, T. 1998. 'Inca Dice and Board Games.' Board Games Studies 1: 26–49.

Juan, J. and de Ulloa, A. 1748. Relacion Historica del Viage a la America Meridional. Madrid: Antonio Marin.



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