About The Mahjong Solitaire Tiles
Mahjong tiles have their origin in China where it is used to play many games, notably Mahjong and Mahjong solitaire.
Though they are tiles, they are at times referred as playing cards with similar contents as well. One of the myths lingering this mahjong tiles is that they were created by great legend Confucius.
According to this myth, the game got introduced in various Chinese states depending upon the travel of Confucius to teach his doctrines.
Followingly the three dragon tiles, the red, green and white represents benevolence, sincerity and filial piety.
The myth also reveals that the name "mahjong" (sparrow) was created from Confucius fondness for birds.
Traditionally mahjong tiles are made from bone backed up by bamboo. Though bone tiles are still available, modern mahjong tiles are manufactured from various plastics such as Bakelite, celluloid and recently from nylon.
There are very rare ivory made mahjong tiles, though most of the sets sold as ivory are in real made from bones. Mahjong tiles can be broadly classified into two, depending on their sizes, the larger Chinese Cantonese and the smaller Japanese or American size.
Regardless of the size and material used o manufacture these tiles, the symbols on them are engraved or pressed into the material.
Experts can identify the face value of these mahjong tiles without actually touching or feeling these engravings with their fingers.
Mahjong tiles differ from each other depending upon the place where it is made.
The classic Mahjong tile is in ivory color with mostly black or red symbols on the face of each tile other than those with seasons or flowers.
In fact it is interesting to understand that these tiles are available almost in all colors to suite the needs of all people. One can decide to purchase a set to decorate home or office, depending on the wall color of the particular building. Choosing a set to match or even accent your home is a fine way to add unique ambience and enjoyment.
White, Black and Pink are the most sought after colors though there are plenty shades of blue and grey.
Mahjong tiles can be categorized into various types such as:
Mahjong stick suit - Though in traditional versions it is depicted as spears, in modern version it is portrayed as bamboos. Each set is numbered from 1-9 to form four sets.
Mahjong wheel suit - Like stick suit, they are numbered from 1-9 to form four sets. They are engraved as dots or wheels unlike their earlier versions which showed coins and shields.
Wind tiles - Each tile represents the four directions of wind namely East, West, North and South.
Dragon tiles - There are three dragons in a mahjong tile set namely, the Red , White, and Green. It is noted that the White tile is blank with no borders.
Flower and season tiles - There are eight different flower tiles associated with the wind. Season tiles unlike flower tiles are not used in game play as it enhances the scoring point in mahjong game.
Although these tiles are widely associated with the mahjong game, they are many other areas where they are used as a component. As we enter the new millennium mahjong is creating waves in United States and Europe where the younger generation is discovering the intriguing mystery behind these tiles.
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