Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
During the period of the Inca Empire, there were festivals throughout the year, with singing, dancing, and the playing of music. The Incas were known to have played a game involving flipping pottery counters, and another called Pichca , which involved dice. There were also two board games called Tacanaco and Chuncara , which used dice, depending on the spin of the dice, colored beans were moved around the board. Children used whipping tops and may also have played with some of the small pottery statuettes that have survived in museums. Many also had pet guinea pigs and ducks, with boys involved in training as hunters and warriors and girls learning household skills such as embroidery and looking after smaller children. Noblemen were known to gamble, paying debts with llamas, ...