Rock, Paper, Scissors, also known as Roshambo, is a popular game played by people of all ages around the world. The game is played by two individuals who simultaneously make hand gestures representing either a rock, paper or scissors. Rock beats scissors, scissors beats paper and paper beats rock. But have you ever wondered where this game originated from?
It may surprise you to know that this game dates back to ancient times. It is said to have originated in China over 2,000 years ago, where it was known as Shoushiling. The game was not played the same way as it is today. Instead of rock, paper, scissors, it was played with hand gestures that represented a bird, a snake or a human. The bird would peck the snake, the snake would bite the human and the human would catch the bird.
As the game spread across Asia, different hand gestures were introduced. In Japan, the game was known as Jan-ken-pon and the hand gestures used were the same as rock, paper, scissors. It is believed that the game was introduced to Europe by way of trade routes with Asia.
In Europe, the game was referred to as “mora” and it was played with just one hand gesture, which represented a closed fist. It was a popular game played by Roman soldiers in order to pass time between battles.
It wasn’t until the 19th century that the modern version of the game was introduced in the West. In 1842, the game was first published in a French magazine called “La Regle du Jeu.” The game was referred to as “Pierre-ciseaux-papier” which translates to rock, scissors, paper.
The game became even more popular in America during the 20th century. It was introduced to American soldiers stationed in Asia during World War II and it quickly became a hit among them. After the war, American soldiers brought the game back to the United States where it became a popular pastime for children and adults alike.
Today, rock, paper, scissors is played all over the world and is even used as a method of settling disputes. It is a simple yet entertaining game that has stood the test of time. From ancient China to modern-day America, it is fascinating to see how a small game has evolved over the centuries and continues to bring joy and entertainment to people of all ages.