The game of leaves: an inquiry into the origin of Chinese playing cards

  title={The game of leaves: an inquiry into the origin of Chinese playing cards},
  author={Andrew Lo},
  journal={Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies},
  pages={389 - 406}
  • Andrew Lo
  • Published 1 January 2000
  • History
  • Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
A passion for card games, like a delight in drinking tea, is something which nowadays unites China with the rest of the world; and, as with tea drinking, many have surmised that the pastime of playing cards arose in China and spread westwards. I begin this study with a consideration of the rules of card games, and suggest that the rules themselves may offer, in some cases, evidence of transmission from East to West. To those interested in past cultural contacts, this suggestion in itself… Expand
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