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Evidence for Mulabalaba

1 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.2134
Type Ethnography
Location 17°51'6.58"S, 25°49'51.90"E
Date 1956-01-01 - 1956-12-31
Rules Three concentric squares, with lines connecting the corners and the midpoints of the sides. Twelve pieces per player. Players alternate turns placing a piece on the board. When a player makes a line of three of their pieces, they may remove one of the opponent's pieces. When all of the pieces have been placed, players alternate turns moving a piece to an empty adjacent spot along the lines of the board. A piece in the four outside corner spaces is allowed to move to any empty spot on the board. The player who captures all of the opponent's pieces wins.
Content Account from Chaplin: "A game which is popular in the Livingstone district is called mulabalaba by the Lozi, which is the same word used to describe the mancala game. The board is marked out on cardboard or a table, and is a pattern of three squares one insides the other with the corners and midpoints of the sides joined by straight lines. This is a typical three-in-a-line board. Maize seeds, whites and purples, are often used as counters. Each man has 12 and these are entered alternately. When either makes a line of three he can remove any one of his opponent's counters. When all the pieces are entered the main game begins; counters being moved along the straight lines to form lines of three, with resulting captures. Jumping is not allowed except that a player having a counter at an outside corner may move it wherever it likes. The loser begins the next rounds." Chaplin 1956: 170.
Confidence 100
Source Chaplin, J. 1956. "A Note on Mancala Games in Northern Rhodesia." Man 56: 168-170.

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