DRACONIS BLACKTHORNE (dblackthorne) wrote,
DRACONIS BLACKTHORNE
dblackthorne

Lotería

A couple of weeks prior to Beaster, I was amused to come into possession of this curious little game similar to Bingo, called "Lotería" {'lottery'}. I remember seeing these images from time to time at various places here and there, particularly when acquiring some select culinary indulgences, so when one night they veritably presented themselves before Me at the cash register anyway, with a bit of extra change, I decided to see what it was really all about.

This game originated in Spain & Italy, then was brought to 'New Spain', the Americas, where it integrated into the subsequent culture.

To prepare the game, one has to cut out the little blue squares provided which become the play pieces. The game is played exactly like traditional bingo, although there are certain little phrases which can be uttered when an image is traversed [see link above].

I always thought the Devil card, or "El Diablito" {who appears rather Lokian, in My estimation} and the skull card, or "la calavera" were visually interesting; and at first, I quite honestly thought these were tarot cards upon first impression.

As it turns out, even though billed as merely a game, these cards are actually used as "divinatory" tools by some; but what I really found amusing are the folkloric relations of Roman Soldiers 'casting lots' for the nazarene's robes, as well as the timing of their purchase, so it seemed to make some sort of sense that this would be played on a Beaster night, for this lottery game may very well have been the one referred to in the legend. Of course, depending on the company, it can be modified to gamble from anything from money, to libations, to salacious dares, if desired.

Also turns out that there are many variations of these cards, and have become quite a franchise among the latin crowd; there is even a deck called "Space Loteria" which correlates characters from the Star Wars saga into its art. ∞

Tags: animation, art, beaster, curios, dracumentary, games, mythology, occult, oddities
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