A rudimentary form of hockey is one of the stick and ball games that are older and there is evidence of such games practiced in pre-Christian times in Egypt, Arabia, Greece and Persia. The Romans had a game called paganica. Hockey is like hurling, shinty and games like cheuca, who played the Araucanian Indians in Argentina in the sixteenth century. The etymology of the word hockey is not established with certainty. There are several theories.