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Evidence for Ashere

1 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.1939
Type Ethnography
Location 7°55'58.17"N, 7°26'9.15"E
Date 1951-04-01 - 1951-04-30
Rules Seven concentric circles. Four or five players. One piece per player. One player has a stick, which is hidden in their fist. The next player attempts to guess which hand holds the stick. If the player guessing guesses correctly, they enter their piece in the first circle or advances it to the next circle, and the stick is passed to them. If the guessing player guesses incorrectly, the player holding the stick moves their piece into the first circle or advances it to the next circle. The player with the stick keeps the until until the next player guesses the hand holding the stick. The first player to reach the central circle wins.
Content "A similar board...is used by Yoruba children at Nopa, Southern Nigeria, for a simple race-game which is known as ashere 'playing.' The board consists of seven concentric rings, and four or five children sit round the board, each having a single man which is entered in the outer ring and moves one ring at a time until it reaches the middle ring where it is borne, and the first player to bear his man wins. Each player in turn conceals a bit of stick in one hand and offers both hands to the next player who chooses one hand. If it contains the bit of stick, he enters his man in the outer ring, or advances it one ring and the turn of play passes to him. If he chooses the empty hand, the first player advances his man one ring and his turn of play continues until he loses the bit of stick. K. C. Murray who saw the game in April 1951...that the board sometimes consists of seven concentric squares." Murray 1951: 14.
Confidence 100
Ages Child
Source Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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