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Evidence for Terhüchü

1 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.833
Type Ethnography
Game Terhüchü
Location Nagaland
Date 1921-01-01 - 1921-12-31
Rules Played on a board similar to Perali Kotuma, with the addition of triangular extensions on the four corners. Play begins with nine pieces for each player. Pieces move along the lines to the next open space. Opponent's pieces can be captured by hopping over them. Within the trianguler extensions, pieces may move two places at a time, in a straight line. The player to capture all of the opponent's pieces wins.
Content "The Angamis, leading an outdoor life such as they do, would not be expected to have many games of a sedentary nature. One such game is, however, known to them. It is a form of draughts known as terhüchü—"Fighting-eating," because the pieces of the opposing side fight and eat one another up. The board is a square one of sixteen squares (Fig. 1) joined by diagonal lines and usually scratched roughly on a large stone, cut into planking, or merely drawn in the earth. The pieces, which are bits of stone, move obliquely or straight along the lines, one going the distance of one square only at a time unless they are able to "eat" one of their opponents by jumping over him into an empty station beyond. As a rule, there are ten pieces on each side, but the game is sometimes played with eight, in which case the two outside stations of the forward line are left empty. A variant form is played with nine pieces on each side, the pieces being set out as shown in the diagram (Fig II). In this form there are triangular refuges into which and in which pieces may move along any of the lines shown. Inside these corners the piece may skip one junction of lines and move straight to the next but one. These triangles are formed by prolonging all the oblique lines beyond the square and also the straight lines forming the sides of the square and those dividing it into quarters. The bisected angles thus formed are joined up separately." Hutton 1921: 101–102. Murray 1951: 68 only provides the variant with triangles as an example of this game.
Confidence 100
Spaces Outside
Source Hutton, J. 1921. The Angami Nagas. London: Macmillan and Co, Ltd., Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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