|My Mexican "match" boxes I've had for years|
Every image has a name and an assigned number, but the number is usually ignored.
Each player has at least one tabla, a board with a randomly created 4 x 4 grid of pictures with their corresponding name and number.
Players choose what tabla they want to play with, from a variety of previously created tablas. Each one presents a different selection of images.
Lotería is the Spanish word for lottery.
The deck is composed of a set of 54 different images, each one in a card.
To start the game, the caller (cantor, or singer) randomly selects a card from the deck and announces it to the players by its name, sometimes using a riddle or humorous patter instead of reading the card name.
The players with a matching pictogram on their board mark it off with a chip or other kind of marker (many Mexican people traditionally use small rocks, crown corks or pinto beans as markers).
The first player with four chips in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal row, squared pattern,any other previously specified pattern, or fills the tabla first shouts "¡Lotería!" (Lottery!) or "¡Buenas!" (Good!) and is the winner.""
|A lotería board and traditional ways to win|
|The sign I saw in Tasmania on the way to Port Arthur|
Hit Me with Your Best Shot
to Port Arthur, I saw what to me seemed like a familiar sign that I couldn't quite place where I had seen that image before.
|Iconic pictograms used in lotería|
It was OK, but I doubt I would ever fork out $14.80 for another one again.
|The rest location I stopped to eat my cray roll|
|A bird that popped up on a fence at the above rest location|
|20 El pájaro ("the bird")|
|30 El camarón ("the shrimp")|
|37 El mundo ("the world")|
It wasn't until I did a bit of Googling that I found out these matchbox images were part of a Mexican game called Lotería.
Interestingly, I found an internet site that had various versions of the artworks depicted on these Lotería cards and I couldn't believe that there was an "El Mundo" card with a Tasmanian Devil holding up the world.
The Tao of Pooh
"Taoist tenets. Winnie-the-Pooh himself, for example, personifies the principles of wei wu wei, the Taoist concept of "effortless doing," and pu, the concept of being open to but unburdened by experience, and it is also a metaphor for natural human nature.
In contrast, characters like Owl and Rabbit over-complicate problems, often over-thinking to the point of confusion, and Eeyore pessimistically complains and frets about existence, unable to just be."
|42(?) La calavera ("the skull")|
|2 El diablito ("the Devil")|
These images remind me of a simple Mexican tarot type system in a way.
|My motel room at the Fox and Hounds in Port Arthur|
|The shrimp that slumbers is taken by the tides?|
|10 El árbol ("the tree")|
|My room key at the Fox and Hounds Motel|
|The Fox and Hounds motel reception, bar and restaurant, Tasmania, Australia|
|The Fox and Hounds motel wing where room 10 is located|
|The fox and hounds above the bar at the Fox and Hounds Motel|
|The nice warmth of the fireplace in the bar/restaurant after a cold day|
|Consulting my Magic 8-Ball it seemed unlikely Henry VIII would join me for dinner :-)|
|237 El 8 mundo ("the 8-ballroom?")|
|More Mexican art from around my home|
|33 La araña ("the spider")|