Trompo – Peru

Trompo Peru S-America Peru Playing with things Props: tops N.o.p: 2 +>       Two boys are playing tops. To play this game well, you need a top and a strong rope, at the end of which you make a knot or put a bottletop. This is done to throw away the top easy and fast spinning. When you have wound the rope around the top, you throw it on the ground and when the top spins, you pick it up with your flat hand and try to keep it spinning in your hand. If you can do that, then you throw the top from your hand against the top laying on the ground. The top on the ground is there, when your first throw with the top is not giving a spinning top. That player has to wait until the other player has thrown his top against the top on the ground before he continues. Also they play tops with extra difficulty: when the top is spinning, they wind the rope a few times around the spinning top, before they pull the rope up and the top is caught in the hand. A variation is to throw the top, let it bounce once and catch it directly.

Director/camera: Jules Oosterwegel
Editor: Timo Gilhuis
Shooting date: 1999