Although the piñata is associated with México, it did not originate there.  It was introduced to México by the Spanish, but they got it from Italy.  In Italy it was called a pignatta and was originally made in the shape of a pot.  It was not made out of paper, but instead clay, which was then hardened.  The Mexicans were the first to make it out of paper.  They also started using animals and shapes. 


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