The origins of the game of
Mah-Jong seem to be based on a Chinese form of dominos and a card game similar
to rummy. It is played with 144 tiles traditionally made of ivory or bone, backed
with bamboo. Cheaper sets are available in plastic.
A set comprises 3
suits: bamboos, characters, and circles numbered 1 to 9, plus the four winds,
North, East, South & West and red, green & white dragons. There are four
of each of these tiles and the set is completed with 4 flowers and 4 seasons.
Some of the older sets are beautifully engraved and colourful.
simplest form players have to collect three of a kind (pungs) or three in a row
(chows), as in rummy. Having mastered this there are special hands to be collected,
but whether beginner or experienced player it provides a mental exercise with
a lot of fun.
[PS:- We do not
gamble but play for points!!!]
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