Pisha Paysha Hand Game Remembered #galicia


Carole Glick Feinberg <feincgs@...>
 

Dear Friends,

The thread which dealt with the hand game of Yiddish
rhyming, pinching, and tickling brings to mind the game my
grandmother taught us called (phonetically), "pisha
paysha", in which a string is tied, creating a circle. The
circle is tautly placed outside both upright hands which
face each other. Without recalling exactly how, I
remember shapes being created >from the string with a
finger >from each hand, each player taking a turn creating
a new geometric shape while easing the string off the
previous player's hands onto his/her own.

How does this relate to genealogy? I suspect this game
was known by different names which may identify the
geographic region in which it was played. "Pisha paysha"
was probably played in eastern Galicia, since my
grandmother came >from Drohobycz. If she learned it in her
childhood, then the game was played in the 1890s.

Do any other Genners recall this game? By what name did
you know it? >from what geographic region did those who
played it come?

I guess it's time I taught "pisha paysha" to my
grandchildren and pass along a family tradition.

Chag sameach Purim.

Carole Glick Feinberg
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
feincgs@cs.com

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