What is it about China that lends itself to being the hometown of tiles games? A recent purge of the game Rummy-o showed that it was the combination of two other Chinese games, Mahjong (a tile game) and Khanhoo. Khanwhat? Khanhoo, the forerunner of the Mexican card game, rummy. Today’s purge is a tin box full of dominos. Dominos are tile pieces originally made from rocks, bones, woodchips and other hard items that could be fashioned into rectangles and colored. They are cousins to dice, cubes used to shoot craps (from the French word crapaud meaning “toad” in reference to the original style of play by people crouched over a floor). We find a dice game in the Bible, known as lots, mentioned after the crucifixion.
Psalm 22:18 They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.
So, back to dominos. How do you play them? The best way is to read the instructions and follow them. How do you really play dominos? You stand them up in a line about a half inch from each other, push one of the end pieces to fall on the next and watch them fall clack-clack-clack-clack-clack! for a few seconds, then put them back in the tin. Game over, man! Game over!
Proverbs 12:22 – Lying lips [are] abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly [are] his delight