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Mahjong has a mystical quality about it for many people. It really is
a world unto itself. Learning to play Mahjong is fairly easy. However,
learning to win can be tough. The key is regular play with people who
are already proficient at the game.
Mahjong is a traditional Chinese game for four people. Though
similar in many ways to card, Mahjong is played with tiles. The gaol is
to be the first player to get a complete hand: That is, four sets of
three and a pair. The rules for playing and scoring vary from country
to country (and even region to region in China).
In the early days of mahjong in the mid-19th Century, bone and bamboo
tiles were manufactured by a whole village working together. One
household would specialise in sawing the planks of bamboo, another would specialise in painting characters on the tiles, and so on.
When the mahjong craze of the 1920′s broke out in America, China
quickly ran out of cow bones and the demand for thousands of mahjong
sets became too much for small villages to handle. So bones were
imported from slaughterhouses in Chicago and mahjong tile production
moved to large factories in Shanghai.
These days, while most mahjong tiles are made out of fibreglass and
melamine, production of traditional bone and bamboo tiles has shifted
back to the villages. As in the past, each household has a speciality,
and the production methods are basically unchanged from 150 years ago.
In the town, a great number of households are involved in manufacturing
mahjong sets. One household will cut the bone and bamboo, another shapes
the tiles, another specialised in painting, and so on.