Thursday, October 13, 2005

A non-standard Tarot to die for, from Andy's playing cards


There are many deks which do not follow the standard set of 22 trumps plus four suits. The following one is called Taotl; it is made in Italy, although it is described as "Mexican tarot" (the name of the deck means "God" in Aztec language).

Taotl deck (by Viassone, Italy); the cards shown are:
Taotl, Chipetl, King of Hearts (featuring king Moctezuma),
the ace and 9 of Totems, 3 of Clubs, King of Spades.
But something went screwy with this caption: to me, they look like Taotl, Black God, Chipetl, Ace of Totems, King of Hearts, Queen of Diamonds, Jack of Clubs and Ace of Spades...i.e. today's cyber-Tarot again: Sword Hallow! Do the gods play this game with this deck while no one looks? lol
The cards in the pack are 72. The trump cards are only seven: three gods (Red God, Black God and Taotl), and four identical Chipetl cards with a green skull; the remaining 65 cards are divided into five suits: Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs, Spades and ...Totems (actually, they are masks!), as stated by one of the booklets given with the deck. Each suit has values from 1 to 10, plus three courts (jack, queen and king).
The illustrations are in a typical style: the red suits feature native Aztec personages, while the black suits feature Spanish conquerors.
Two separate booklets give the rules for the Taotl game (a trick game, somewhat reminiscent of Bridge) and the instructions for a divinatory use.


Blogger Flavio said...

Ooops! the right name of the God is Tlaloc... anyway nice to see a mexican inspired deck.

8:59 am  
Blogger asgif666 said...

Gee, that comment came quickly, Flavio, even before I finished posting! Does not Tlaloc equate to the god of rain? Viva el Mexico! ;-))

9:02 am  
Blogger mythosandbios said...

I do love Andy's Paying Card's site, and no, not just for the tarot history.

On AT's Adam McLean was asking about South American decks - seems there are quite a few that I hadn't heard of.

Next fortnight I order the Namur - an expense that cries out to be made.

Devil - thy name is tarot deck addiction!

10:59 am  
Blogger Sebastian Aristos said...

Interesting indeed. Some interesting feedback on this post too

7:44 am  

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