Mar-zinga

Summary

  • Age: Any
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Materials: None
  • Group Size: 10 or more players

Instructions

Summary

Players are asked to join the facilitator in worshipping the Aztec god‘mar-zinga’. This is done by screaming out his name whilst standing in a circle.

How to play

The group is arranged to stand in a circle, shoulder to shoulder. The first player starts the ‘worship’ by forcefully thrusting out his/her hands towards the centre of the circle and screaming: “Maaaaaaa…”. The second player also does the same, starting immediately after the first player. The third starts after the second person, and so on. Once the group members have started to scream “Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa …..”, they may not stop (or take a breath) until the end of the game. The game ends when the last player has thrust out his/her hands and started to scream: “Maaaaa”. At this point everyone (at the same time) immediately pulls their hands back to their chest and shouts “ZINGA!” as loud as possible.


The first person must hold the “Maaaaaaaa” for the longest time, until the whole circle has joined in, so the group needs to get going as quickly as possible, making sure that they all start in the correct order, but also finishing in time so the first person does not run out of breath!