hist-games: Baraja Espanola
Huette von Ahrens
huette_aliza at yahoo.com
Fri Jan 13 22:37:49 PST 2006
I haven't done any research on playing cards or card
know some stuff about what we consider a standard deck
and its varient, the pinochle deck. I also know some
about tarot cards, but nothing in depth.
Over the recent holidays, a friend of mine got stuck
a few hours in an airport, waiting for it to reopen
and let him
fly home. While he waited, he purchased what he
a standard deck of cards to play solitaire. What he
bought was a deck called Baraja Espanola. It is an
deck that seems to be a mix of a standard playing deck
tarot deck. The suits are gold coins, swords, cups
[i.e. like a large wooden club, not the clover club].
consists of number cards from 1 through 9 and three
of a knave, a cavalier, and a king. The total of
cards is 48.
There are also two cards which I would call "jokers",
they don't have a joker on them, just a logo.
What card games are played with this deck? Is this a
closer to what might have been used pre-1600? Is
written in English about this deck?
Thanks for any help you can give me.
"While I dance I cannot judge,
I cannot hate,
I cannot seperate myself from life.
I can only be joyful and whole.
That is why I dance."
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