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Children's games

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Children's games

The manufactured type games we have today were unknown at that time. The games played either indoors or outdoors were invented or discovered periodically by the children in order to fulfill their natural need for playing.


To play many of the games, such as tag, hide and seek etc., one child had to be chosen from the group. This had to be done in a fair way acceptable by everyone concerned. The children’s way of solv­ing this problem was a series of slowly pronounced words separated into syllables, of which one corres­ponded to each child. They would form a circle and one spoke the words pointing with every syllable to each child going around clockwise. The whole phrase consisted of a mixture of Italian, English, and sometimes Greek words, usually slightly altered to suit them and had no meaning.

For games with action, the necessary objects were provided by nature such as a goat’s knucklebone, stones, branches, pieces of wood cut and shaped accordingly, also objects of daily use like coins and tin cans.

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    DSC 0193-Ιθάκη  Τότε και Τώρα- Εκδσεις Σπύρος Δενδρινός, Σπύρος Χ. Δενδρινός - Αλέκος Φ. Καλλίνικος

    -Ιστορικά και Λαογραφικά Ανάλεκτα της Ιθάκης - Ανδρέα Λ. Αναγνωστάτου 

    -Θιάκά Μοιρολόγια (Ημερολόγιο Ιθάκης, 1929)

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