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[Evolution of Games] Their probable Inventor was the same man who first presided at the birth of the sciences of medicine and chemistry…the witch doctor.
Diagram form Stuart Culin “Chess and Playing Cards” 1897
Dice, before they became gambling implements, were magical devices which primeval man used to divine the future.Not only dice but most of our other gaming implements have been traced back to man’s still earlier practice of divination arrows…
* (John) SCARNE ON DICE (1974)
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