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That's A MorraBy Anthony Parente
Morra is a hand game that dates back thousands of years to ancient Roman and Greek times. It was once called Micatio, and playing it was referred to as Micare Digits; literally "to flash with the fingers". As time passed, the name became Morra. It can be played to decide issues, much as two people might toss a coin or for entertainment.
While there are many variations of Morra, most forms can be played with two, three or more players. In the most popular version, all players throw out a single hand, each showing zero to five fingers, and call out loud their guess at what the sum of all fingers shown will be. If one player guesses the sum, that player earns one point.1
When I first watched my Dad play I thought wow, my Dad is playing Rock Paper Scissors. I know how to play this game, but the more I watched the more I realized that the game they were playing was not quite as easy as Rock Paper Scissors. In my game I just had three choices. In the game my Dad played he had more than three choices. The more I watched the more I learned how to play and quickly I too was able to participate in a game of morra.
Object of the Game:
The rules for this game are not that difficult. All you need is to find someone to play against and you are ready to go. The next time you are at a family gathering you won't have to sit and watch. You will be able to join in on the fun and show them just how good you are.
For many of us morra was more than just a game. It was an opportunity to learn yet another Italian tradition from our Father, Grandfather or another family member. By taking an interest and learning how to play we help to keep the traditions of our family and our heritage from being forgotten.
1 Text provided by Lori Agostini.
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