SPORT, GAMES AND PASTIMES IN NASRID GRANADA
Dª Lourdes Ruiz López
The cultural wealth of society in the Nasrid era (1232-1492) was patent in a variety of fields such as painting, architecture, medicine, botany, etc… and in sporting activities, which were very popular at all levels of society, including the court.
The sports and games, such as tournaments, hunting and the juego de cañas (game in which groups of men on horseback threw wooden canes at each other) tended to be public shows and the ruling classes used them not only for leisure purposes, but also as a form of social control. Other pastimes were more private, such as chess, tablas (a board game)… and there were also recreational and relaxing activities in the baths or hamman, lively open air dancing, music, without forgetting of course the toys made specially for children.
The Sultans of Granada, such as Muhammad V, were keen participants in these games.
Date: 2nd and 3rd Sunday, 14th and 21st
Time: 12.00, Room IV