Despite the fact that the origin of Parcheesi and its date of invention are still unclear, there are indications that bring us closer to the Mayan world of the 7th century with patolli, a game very similar to current Parcheesi. Although, the current word, Parcheesi, comes from the Hindustani pacisi o pacis, which means 25. This was the maximum figure that could be scored when throwing the shells of a mollusk that the Indians used instead of the current dice. In turn, pacisi (which is pronounced more or less parchisii) is the abbreviation of a game called chaupar, of great tradition in India.
However, for the most familiar form of the famous game we have to look back to the second half of the 16th century, to a game that Francisco I de 'Medici gave to Felipe II. Some compare the meaning of the game and its appearance with that of medieval labyrinths that symbolically recreated the path of life and pilgrimage routes. In fact, it is difficult to know how the game got to the West. It is very possible that the Muslims introduced it, that in the 7th century the chess of the Sassanid Empire was already adopted, and that it arrived in Western Europe in the 9th century with the Islamic invasion of the Iberian Peninsula.
The tradition and history of this game also passes through us and lives on through each player who approaches the board and walks through its squares. Therefore, we invite everyone, whether experienced players or new discoverers, to take part in this living piece of history.
Author: Javier Bermejo.
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