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EL GATO (THE CAT)

EVERYONE SITS ON CHAIRS IN A LARGE CIRCLE EXCEPT FOR
ONE PERSON WHO HAS BEEN CHOSEN TO BE "IT." THIS PERSON
HAS TO GO TO SOMEONE AND PUT HER HEAD IN THEIR LAP AND
SAY "MEOW" THREE TIMES. THE PERSON THAT IS SITTING
MUST STROKE HER HEAD EACH TIME SHE MEOWS. SHE MUST
STROKE HER WITHOUT LAUGHING. IF THE PERSON THAT IS
SITTING LAUGHS, SHE BECOMES "IT." IF SHE DOESN'T
THE CAT MUST REPEAT THE PROCEDURE WITH ANOTHER
INDIVIDUAL UNTIL SOMEONE LAUGHS.

Where learned: EL SALVADOR ; CENTRAL AMERICA

Keyword(s): LAUGHING TABU

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic

Date learned: 06-00-1984

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