Friday, May 2, 2014

Egyptian Jacks



If all these photos look a bit random, that's because they are, at least as far as my understanding of them. We were working on one of our vet clinics near a mosque in a village by Abu Sir and there was a very intent knot of young girls sitting together all facing inward on the terrace of the mosque. I noticed them but it wasn't until we had finished with most of our patients (donkeys, buffalo, cows, goats, and so on) that I got a chance to see what they were doing. One of the girls had three flat round stones and three flat angular stones. She would toss them on the tiles and then toss one stone up into the air and collect the stones on the tiles in various combinations. It reminded me of a game we played when I was a child in California with a ball and a set of spikey metal objects called Jacks.  In Egypt it is called "Al".

5 comments:

William Kendall said...

I suppose the rules are quite similar!

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani said...

As far as I can tell, they are.

Gemma Wiseman said...

The shadow play round the hands is fascinating. Intriguing post.

Mariusz from Nowy Sacz said...

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Feel free also to me, to my city, I greet.

Mariusz from Nowy Sacz said...

I am glad that I came across your blog. I hope you get to know your city, which is beautiful. Do you have interesting pictures. I'll be returning to this blog.
Feel free also to me, to my city, I greet.