Rudolph C Troike rtroike at U.ARIZONA.EDU
Sun Jan 6 08:54:56 UTC 2002

I saw an item on CNN (I think it was) the other day that said the pin~ata,
which in this country is quintessentially associated with Mexico, was
originally brought to Europe from China, and found its way to Spain and
thence to the colonies. Given this history, unless it goes by a different
name in Spain, one would expect a much earlier citation in some British
source (unless travel writing did not come into vogue until the 19th


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