The game of Mahjong is full of mystery and theory’s. There are several theory about the year the game was invented, how the game got its name and the person who invented it. However nothing is known about the person who invented the game. When looking at the history of the game the game is a combination of different games such as domino and the popular Chinese card-game Mah-tiae. People also found out the game was created for royal use only.
The first game stone that was found dated back from the year 1880. This stone was made out of ivory. In the 15th century, cards have been found which have the images of the Mahjong game. Investigators say that the game was already played at that time but the people did not use the stones. When the game started to be played with the stones, instead of the cards, its popularity grew real fast. At first in China but after 1885 the game crossed their landmarks and especially USA.
The game became a real hype in America. The game was played on party’s tournaments and there even ‘’Mahjong songs’’ were launched. During time the game got its own specific rules by each group of people where the game was played on their way. Mahjong was most of all a game of woman. From 1937 the game was played at its original way, this was the year a national game rule book was launched so everybody could play the game on the right way.
The game is known in the Netherlands by a company called Perry & Co (now known as Perry Sport). This company brought the game to the Netherlands and sold it for 1,25 gulden. A game rule book was also brought to the Netherlands so the people could right away start playing the game on the right way.
Unfortunately, second world war stopped the popular era of Mahjong. A lot of people stopped playing the game during the war, which is quite normal. After this war it began to grew real fast. This growth was called the second birth of the game. The biggest place the game is played nowadays is on the internet. Hundreds of different games are offered on the net and most of the time completely free to play. People can check Mahjong.nl for all the free games of Mahjong.