"I remembered another childhood game, that you may find useful. It's called 'Martin Pescador', and it either originated in Northern Spain or Portugal. It is also similar to the American game 'Red Rover, Red Rover'. And just in case you don't know what the name means, a Martin Pescador is a kingfisher [bird]." -Oscar
El primero niño de la fila dice:
"Martín Pescador, ¿me deja pasar?"
Uno de los dos niños formando el arco dice:
"Pasará, pasará, pero el último quedará."
Esto va repetido hasta que al último niño de la fila se le pregunte:
"¿Una rosa o un clavel?"
Luego, según su elección, van y se colocan detrás de quien hayan elegido y el juego prosigue.
1st Child in Line Says:
"Kingfisher, will you let me pass?"
One of the kids holding hands says:
"Pass, pass, but the last one stays."
This is repeated until the last kid in the line is asked:
"A rose or a carnation?"
Then according to their choice they stand behind whomever they chose and the game continues. Once 2 lines are formed they play tug-o-war to determine which side wins.
"The set up is as follows: there is a line of children, and two others, previously chosen (usually the biggest either by age or size) stand perpendicular to the line holding hands, creating a 'bridge' (which is more like a toll booth on the highway). The 'toll-takers', according to what I was told, for I did not remember it myself, are each an angel and the devil. [The part about angel and devil is that the two kids chosen at the beginning decide between themselves who will be the angel and who will be the devil but they don't tell anyone. Then they choose two names of flowers, fruit or something else. They'll ask the other kids to choose between the two things - rose and carnation, for example, but only after the tug of war will the players know with which one (angel or devil) they actually sided.]
The line approaches and the first child says: 'Martín Pescador, ¿me deja pasar?' In response, one of the kids holding hands says: 'Pasará, pasará, pero el último quedará.' And so it continues until the whole line goes through, until the last one, who is stopped by the toll takers and asked to chose one or the other. Again, I was told that the question is which they chose, 'una rosa o un clavel'. Then according to their choice they stand behind whomever they chose. And so it goes until all of them have chosen one side or the other. At the end, the game is decided by a tug-of-war, which decides whether the winner is the angel or the devil." -Oscar
Thanks and Acknowledgements
Many thanks to Oscar Teliz for sharing this game and explaining how to play it!
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