Two Different Mahjong Cultures: Indonesia vs America
Mahjong is a game that many people enjoy playing. It was created in China, but it has spread to the rest of the world. In this article, we will explore two different cultures where Mahjong is played: Indonesia and America.
In Indonesia, Mahjong is usually played with four players sitting around a table and using tiles from 108 suit combinations. The game’s goal is to create sets or groups of matching tiles within three piles on the table before your opponents do – by drawing from one pile at a time and discarding one tile after each turn. This can be done either by matching pairs or triplets (of any kind).
The typical Indonesian Mah-Jong set consists of 144 tiles divided into 12 suits consisting of eight tiles each.
In America, Mah-Jong is played with four players who sit around a table and use tiles from 136 suit combinations. The goal in this game is the same as Indonesia – to create sets or groups of matching tiles within three piles on the table before your opponents do by drawing from one pile at a time and discarding one tile after each turn. However, unlike Indonesian mahjong, where you can match pairs or triplets (of any kind), American Mahjong only allows for matches made up of two identical pieces.
The typical American Mah-Jong set consists of 162 tiles broken down into 13 suits containing nine different types of symbols.
You can play both versions of this game at Bandar bola.
Similarities between American and Indonesian Mahjong:
- Mahjong is played with four players in each country
Differences between American and Indonesian Mahjong:
- The goal in America is to match pairs only, while the goal in Indonesia is to complete any matching combinations (pairs, triples).
- American mahjong does not allow made-up matches of two identical pieces, whereas Indonesia allows for this type.