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Evidence for Laomuzhu

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Id DLP.Evidence.1247
Type Ethnography
Location 24° 0'33.82"N, 97°52'18.93"E
Date 1995-02-01 - 1995-02-28
Rules 2x5 board. Each player has a larger stone, which they place in any hole on their side of the board, and five counters in the remaining four holes. Sowing proceeds in either direction, the first player chooses which and all sowing for the rest of the game proceeds in that direction. players may sow from any hole on the board. If the last counter falls into a hole with counters, the counters in the next hole are picked up and sowing continues, and if this hole is empty, the counters in the hole following the empty hole are captured. If there is an unbroken sequence of alternating empty and occupied holes, the counters in the occupied holes are captured until there are two empty or two occupied holes. If the final counter falls into an empty hole the turn ends. Also, if a large stone is dropped into an occupied hole during sowing, the contents of that hole are captured by the owner of the large stone, even if it is not the current player. If a player captures the other player's large stone, it is kept by the capturing player in subsequent rounds until it is captured. The game ends when one player's holes are empty, the opponent claiming the remainder of the counters. The players then attempt to fill all of the holes on their side of the board with either five counters or the large stone. Both large stones must be used to fill holes. Any holes that cannot be filled with five counters or a large stone are left empty, but may be sown into and played from as normal. Play continues in this fashion until one player cannot fill any holes.
Content "2. Laomuzhu is played by Han Chinese from baoshan Prefecture, Longling County, Longxin Township, Mengmao Village. Principal Informant: Li Ying, female, 25, Han nationality. Interviewed February 1995. Configuration: 2x5, no stores. Each player has one large stone and 20 small stones. The two large stones are not identical, and must be distinguished during play. Players and sectors: Two players only. No sectors; a player may play from any side of the 10 holes on the board. To begin, he places a large stone in any of the holes on his side, and five small stones in each of the other holes. Terminology: The laomuzhu (old sow) is a large stone, which gives the game its name. While playing, the large stone is called laogu, an informal term...The zhuer (piglet) is a small stone. Play: Standard pussa kanawa relays and captures. Laogu: The laogu are sown, relayed and captured normally. Each laogu retains its identity and belongs to the player who possessed it at the beginning of the round. But when a laogu is sown into a hole containing zhuer, it captures them for its owner, whatever the hole. That is, it is the identity of the large stone, not the location of the hole, which determines who captures the stones. Just as in yucebao, the laogu is necessarily singleton. If a laogu is sown into a hole containing another laogu, the former captures the latter, no matter who is moving. Rounds: A player fills as many holes as he can on his own side, with five zhuer, or with one laogu. Holes which cannot be filled are let empty at the start of the round, but belong to no one, are sown into and captured from, and as soon as they are non-empty, may be played from by either player. If a player in one round captures both laogu, then they are both his for the succeeding round, and both capture for his benefit. He must, at the beginning of the round, use both of them to fill holes. The game ends when one player cannot fill a single hole: that is, he has no laogu,and has fewer than five zhuer." Eagle 1995:56.
Confidence 100
Ages Adult
Genders Female
Source Eagle, V. 1995. "Some Newly Described Mancala Games from Yunnan Province, China, and the Definition of a Genus in the Family of Mancala Games." In A. de Voogt, ed, New Approaches to Board Games Research: Asian Origins and Future Perspectives. Leiden: International Institute for Asian Studies, 48-63.

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