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Evidence for Kotu Baendum

1 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.691
Type Ethnography
Location Sri Lanka
Date 1909-01-01 - 1909-12-31
Content "Kotu-baendum, 'Tying up the Enclosures.' This game is begun and played like Puhulmutu, excepting that it must be commenced from either of the two end hole in each player's row. During the rest of the game the players may begin each turn at any hole on their own side of the board. For re-sowing, the seeds are taken as in Puhulmutu out of the hole in which the last seed was placed; but if this previously held three seeds the four now in it are 'eaten,' and the next player then begins. When the last seed falls into an end hole in which there were three seeds, thus making four, that hole is said to be 'tied' (baenda); it becomes like a puta or naga hole, and the seeds in it cannot be captured, although others continue to be sown in it by both players, as usual. Such holes belong to the person who puts the fourth seed in them, whether they be on his own or his opponent's side of the board; and they receive a distinctive mark like the naga or puta. All four end holes may thus become 'tied.' When the last seed is sown in a 'tied' hole the player stops or 'sits down,' and the opponent begins, since the seeds in it cannot be taken out and played. The game is also a very long one, like the others." Parker 1909: 598-599.
Confidence 100
Source Parker, H. 1909. Ancient Ceylon. New Delhi: Asian Educational Services.

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