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Evidence for Gamacha (Nobility)

1 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.2008
Type Ethnography
Location 6°51'7.71"N, 37°45'39.74"E 7°32'18.62"N, 37°54'53.32"E
Date 1971-01-01 - 1971-12-31
Rules 2x6 board. Four counters in each hole. Sowing occurs in an anti-clockwise direction. When the final counter of a sowing lands in an empty hole on the player's own row, the contents of the opponent's opposite hole are captured only if it contains one counter. If the final counter lands in an occupied hole, the contents of it are picked up and sowing continues. If the final counter lands in a hole in the opponent's row, causing it to contain four counters, the hole becomes a qasamo, and it can no longer be sown from. Players are allowed to extend their move, if the hole before the one which began the sowing contained only one counter, they may use this counter to sow into a further hole. Also, if a hole with n counters is n holes away from the hole from which sowing began, these counters are sown and the counter in the hole preceding the one from which sowing began can be used to extend the sowing. Play continues until all of the counters are captured or are in a qasamo. The player with the most counters captured and in all qasamo belonging to them wins.
Content Detailed description of Gamacha (Gamacha II) as played by Bubamo Haile Officio, Yohannes Anna, Ayale Dubale, and Ayanto Ersado from Pankhurst 1971: 185.
Confidence 100
Ages All
Social status Non-Elite, Elite, Nobility
Spaces Inside, Outside, Public, Private
Genders Male
Source Pankhurst, R. 1971. Gabata and Related Board Games of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. Ethiopia Observer 14(3):154-206.

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