Culturalmente Imparando

Known as a classic birthday game, the Piñata has a secular story in its wake.

Through Marco Polo’s book “Il Milione”, we know that the origin of the Piñata can be attributed to the current China’s area, from which the author claims to have brought the custom in Europe. Only with the colonization of the New World, the Piñata reached Mexico, where this tradition is usually attributed. Here Chinese tradition meets a very similar old Aztec custom.

Piñata has been introduced in Mexico especially as an allegory of the goodness gracious, in an effort to facilitate the evangelization process during the 16th Century. For this reason, originally the Piñata was made by seven tips, which represent the Seven Deadly Sins, and only through will power men could win the sin. The prize were sweets falling from above, like candies, enclosed inside the Piñata, as a symbol of kindness of God.

Becoming part of Mexican culture, the custom left quickly enough the Christian allegoric meaning and made way to a playful tradition, a game for parties and a hobby for children.

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    Pablo Scialino



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