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Many of the games played by children in the 19th century, and some that are still played today, are a legacy of ancient civilisations. Some, such as “marro” (noughts and crosses), became particularly popular in the Middle Ages. This storyboard highlights games such as the spinning top (numbers 6 and 9), marbles (number 21) and toy soldiers (number 29).

Ethnologist and folklorist Joan Amades studied this Catalan storyboard and pointed out that “some of the essence and content of different ceremonies and ritual uses in the primary liturgies” survived in children’s games.


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