7 junio, 2024

The 7 Most Famous Yucatan Traditional Games

Between the Yucatan traditional games The tinjoroch, the bota palitos and the maya tick, the kimbomba and tamalitos a la olla stand out. In Yucatan, the habit of entertaining with these traditional activities has not been lost.

These traditional games have contributed to the physical, social, mental, affective and cognitive development of this society.

The main native games of Yucatan

1- The tinhoroch

Tinjoroch is a traditional game known for the simplicity of its materials. It is a flattened soda drink plate or lid with two holes in the center. This serves to pass the rope and place the sheet in the center.

It can be played by one individual or even by groups of two to five people. The person or group that keeps the cap turning the longest wins the game.

2- Boot sticks or deer hunting

Bota palitos or deer hunting is a game that is practiced in the state of Yucatán, mainly by mestizos and indigenous youth. All you need is a ball and wooden sticks.

The game consists of placing several sticks or wands lying on a wall. From a certain distance, one of the players throws the ball to try to knock one down.

The rest of the players run to a base, except the owner of the stick that fell; This player will have to look for the ball and throw it against his teammates, preventing them from reaching the base.

If he manages to touch one of his teammates, the turn passes to the person who touched. If he does not touch anyone, this player will have one less point.

When a player or group accumulates three points against, the group will determine a punishment that must be served by the loser.

3- The Mayan tick

The game has its name thanks to a small animal that predominates in the region. It is played in teams, on a court or on flat ground, free of obstacles.

It is usually played by people of all ages, men and women alike. It is very popular in the community of Umán, in Yucatán.

The members will be tied by a rope at waist height, and will be as close as possible. When executed, the shape of the equipment is reminiscent of the physiognomy of the Mayan tick.

The winning team will be the first to get around the field from one end to the other until they return to the starting point.

4- The kimbomba

The game of kimbomba is very similar to baseball. It is also known as charangais, beli, capirucho or bolillo.

Two pieces of wood are needed to play it: a long, thin piece resembling a bat, about 20 centimeters long; and another small piece, about 10 centimeters, with a conical shape.

The small piece is used as a disc for the opposing team to hit with the help of the stick. The goal of the game is to hit the small piece as far as possible. The team that accumulates the highest batting score will win.

5- Tamalitos in the pot

Tamalitos a la olla is a traditional game popular in the Mayan communities of the state. It is very common to see children and young people play it at school recess or in outdoor spaces.

Two teams play, one forms a line with their backs lowered and the other group jumps, one by one, on top of their teammates’ backs.

The idea of ​​the game is to see how far each one jumps and how long the others can resist.

6- The spinning top

Handmade spinning top about six centimeters high that can be rotated. The game options are many, and can be done individually or collectively. For example, one of the most popular tests is for several players to spin their top for as long as possible, winning the one that stands the longest.

7- The yo-yo

The yoyo is a spherical shaped disc that has a string that is attached to the player’s finger. The fun of the toy is making it go up and down, using up and down jolts.

Like the spinning top, the yoyo requires a series of skills that are acquired with practice.

In Yucatan it became popular in the 20th century, being one of the favorite toys for children. However, it has been losing importance among young people.


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