I missed my happy childhood, playing Burmese traditional games in Meikhtila, at the age of 7-10 yr

I missed my happy childhood, playing Burmese traditional games in Meikhtila, at the age of 7-10 yr. My mother’s cousin Ma Nwe’ was staying with us. I used to help her washing dishes, even cleaning the bottom of the dark pots with the rough gr sand-soap powder, so that she could join us to play games with the children and teenagers from our Dahattan Quarters. I remember the daughters of Contractor U khin Maung who were like cousin sisters to my mother, playing together with us.

Source: Htote Si Htoe

Htote Si Toe or a border-crossing game is a pure Myanmar traditional past-time game played by young people of both sexes. It originated long ago in rural areas but has been enjoyed by both rural and urban children alike.

A table has to be drawn on the ground marking in it borders such as top, middle, axis and diagonal. The players are divided into two teams, with the players of one team staying on, and moving along, the borders while those of the other team try to cross the lines without being caught or touched by the opposition players.

The winning team is decided by whether it can successfully protect the borders or cross every line from start to finish then back to the starting point. The game involves much physical activity as one team of players has to block the border lines while the other team members have to run across them. Sharpness of eyesight, smart decisions and rapid movements as well as team spirit are crucial to the game.

The game has become less common in big cities as the children have turned to more modern pursuits.



ေရြလသာသာ ေဖာ္ေတြစပ္လို႔
ဝိုင္းႀကီးပတ္လည္ ေပ်ာ္စို႔ကြယ္။
မယ္ေထြးတို႔အိမ္ အေရွ႕ဝင္းမွာ
ေျမတလင္းႀကီး သာလွတယ္။
တစ္ေယာက္လက္ကို တစ္ေယာက္တြဲလို႔

ေမာင္ေလးလည္းပဲ ပါပါ့မယ္။
ဝိုင္းႀကီးဆိုရင္ ျမန္ျမန္လွည့္ပါ
မလႊတ္နဲ႔ကြဲ႕ ေမာင္ေလးရယ္။
လွည့္မယ္ လွည့္မယ္။    ။

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