Bulleribock

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Bulleribock or bulleri bock is a Swedish children's guessing game for two people.

The game is played as follows: person A turns his back to person B, who taps both hands rhythmically on A's back while saying a rhythmic, rhymed chant: Bulleri, bulleri bock, hur många horn står opp? (lit. bulleri, bulleri billy goat, how many horns are standing up?). B then stops drumming, but keeps some of his fingertips on A:s back. A then guesses how many fingers are pressed against his back. B responds with a chant corresponding to the right or the wrong answer, and the persons switch roles.

Bulleribock was described in Nordlander (1886) where a number of slightly different varieties of the chant from different parts of Sweden and Swedish-speaking Finland were attested.[1] It is still a popular game among young children in Sweden.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nordlander, Johan. 1886. Svenska barnvisor och barnrim, vol 1, p. 115-116.
  2. ^ Widerberg, Gertrud. 1993. Bulleri bulleri bock! : ramsor om våra husdjur Stockholm: Rabén & Sjögren. ISBN 91-29-62233-6