Introductory Note.--Games of the "subjective" class, designated as guessing

games by Dr. Culin, were generally accompanied by singing. There is a great

variety in the games of this class, and five examples drawn from different

sections of the country are here presented.

Indian games of this character do not always depend so much on chance as on

the quickness of vision and skilful manipulation by the players. In games

of this class the Indians never make random motions, all their movements,

whether of the body, the feet, the hands or arms, being always in strict

accord with the accompanying song, while the drama implied in the game is

acted out, at the same time, more or less clearly. In these games the

Indian players seem to be impelled by a common rhythmic and dramatic

impulse, making a unity that enhances the interest and pleasure excited by

the game.

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