The game of dragon-snake - Vietnamese folkgames
The dragon-snake approaches the doctor. The following dialogue occurs between the doctor and the head of the line:
Where are you going, dragon-snake?
- I’m searching for medicine for my son.
- How old is he, your son?
- He is one year old. - The doctor is not well.
- He is (two, three, four, five... repeated each time) years old. - The doctor is not well.
The dialogue continues until the dragon-snake says:
- He is ten years old.
- Then the doctor answers:
- All right, the doctor is well.
- With this, the doctor stands up and says:
- Give me your head
- Nothing but the bones
- Responds the dragon-snake
- Give me the body.
- Nothing but the blood.
- Give me the tail.
- Pursue at will!
At this, the doctor flies into a rage and attempts lo catch the child who represents the tail of the dragon-snake. The head of the line stretches his or her arms to bar the doctor while the dragon-snake tries to make a circle. If the dragon-snake succeeds in rolling into a circle before the physician can touch the tail, it wins. On the contrary, if the doctor catches the tail of the dragon-snake, the entire group loses the game. All losers must stretch out their hands, palms downwards, to the winner, who slaps them one after another.