SPORTS AND PASTIMES OF ALL NATIONS
#26 - CHILI
Size: 3" x 5"
Lithographer: Kaufmann & Strauss
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YOUR COFFEE AT HOME
is the most enterprising of the nations on the west coast of South
America. Its inhabitants are mainly of Spanish origin, yet these have
mingled so freely with the native Indian stock that a large percentage
of the population is mixed. The climate of Chili is a temperate one,
mild and balmy, and permits much out-door life. The people are much
given to observe all the outer forms of religion, but they are not
especially devotional. The established church is Roman Catholic, and
the Chileans love the pomp and ceremony of religious festivals, which
are of frequent celebration.
|The Chileans are
expert lasso throwers. Their lassoes or lariats are made of twisted
hide to the thickness of the thumb. They are from fifty to sixty feet
long. The thrower takes the coil of the lasso in his right hand, spurs
his horse, throws with deftness and accuracy, and invariably catches in
the noose the game he aims at. Bracing his steed against the advance or
retreat of his prey, he is soon enabled to overthrow and conquer it.
universal throughout Chili, and played by nearly all classes.
Inveterate gamesters, the street and the prairie become alike the field
of their play. Often in public places, you may see an interested
gathering surrounding a group of dice-throwers so intent upon their
game that they scarcely observe that they are the centre of interest.
much enthusiasm, and is still another species of Chilean gambling. The
animals are highly trained, and the inhumanity of the sport is entirely
forgotten in the engrossing interest awakened by these contests.
|The Zamacucca is the
national dance, and is given with great abandon and grace. It is a
rollicking and spirited measure.
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