Tag Archives: china

The Mythology of Mahjong

I’ve never played Mahjong, but I understand that, despite the fact the tiles with which the game is played are similar to dominoes, the rules are actually a lot like those to rummy. The aim is to collect sets of … Continue reading

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Being Carded

Just recently, my wife asked me an interesting question, which is how the standard suits on playing cards originated. I knew that there were some decks with different suits, like your basic Tarot deck, but not how anybody decided upon … Continue reading

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The Tengu Tango

If you study classic mythology and fairy tales, you soon come to realize that a lot of the mystical beings of folklore aren’t really all good or all evil. Many of them are just out for their own interests, and … Continue reading

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