Homo Ludens and the Origin of Play

We have only to watch young dogs to see that all the essentials of human play are present in their merry gambols. They invite one another to play by a certain ceremoniousness of attitude and gesture. They keep to the rule that you shall not bite, or not bite hard, your friend’s ear. They pretend to get terribly angry. And -what is most important- in all these doings, they painly experience tremendous fun and enjoyment.

Play is older than culture.

Johann Huizinga, Homo Ludens (1936).

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