A throwing game played, predominantly by men, in regions of Spain. The game is said to derive from pre-Roman diversions of shepherds, who for their amusement threw stones at bulls' horns. Played in parts of cities such as Madrid and Barcelona, as well as more rural regions across the country, the game is now based upon aiming a cylinder of iron or steel (the marro) at a wooden target protruding from the earth. The name calva is possibly derived from the word describing an open field or space in which there are no obstacles that would impair the game. The game is obviously cheap to play and conducive to spontaneous forms of playing and adaptations. These factors may well account for its survival among poorer sections of the population.
Subjects: Sport and Leisure.