The Peruvian Legend of The Game of Sapo/ La Leyenda Peruana del Juego del Sapo
An Ancient legend tells that in the Inca sacred lake, the Titicaca,The royal Inca King, son of the Sun God, would travel to Lake Titicaca and hope to catch the attention of a Sapo by throwing gold pieces into the lake. In those days El Sapo (frog/Toad) was know for their magical powers and the Incas believed that if a frog caught the gold piece in its mouth, the player would be instantly awarded a wish and the frog would turn into solid gold. To honor all the wishes that had been granted by the Sapo, the Inca King built a golden statue of a great Sapo in the gardens of his palace in Cusco for all the royalty to enjoy. It was a game of suspense and dexterity, where dance and happiness would mix in one rite: PUKLLAY SAPU (Playing Sapo, or Frog).
Sapo Game in the USA & Worldwide:
As the time passed, is believed, that the game was brought into Spain by the spanish conquistadores and spread to all over Europe adopting different names.In Portugal, the game is known as Jogo de Sapo, in France as Jeu d' la grenouille, In Belgium Tonspel or Pudebak, In Catalonia La Rada. In South America is very Popular , specially in the countries of Colombia, Argentina and Peru and is called Juego de Sapo o Juego de la Rana depending the region.
The Classic Sapo Game board or Frog Toss Game has twenty holes with a shiny brass Frog, 3 spinners and 10 brass medallions. The original design of The Frog toss game is built by local artisans in Lima-Peru where is very popular in pubs, clubs and picnic areas. Playing sapo is very fun and creates a friendly atmosphere.