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Evidence for Okwe (Achalla)

1 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.695
Type Contemporary rule description
Location 6°20'12.29"N, 6°59'16.90"E
Date 1951-01-01 - 1951-12-31
Rules Two rows of five holes arranged in a circle around four stores in the center. Each player has five holes on one half of the circle Ten counters in each hole. Players sow from their holes, and can choose to sow any number of counters, but must leave at least one in the starting hole. Sowing occurs in an anti-clockwise direction. If sowing ends in a hole making its contents an odd number of counters, they are captured, but not more than nine. If the sowing ends and the last counter makes the contents of a hole an even number and the next hole has an odd number of counters, the contents of the odd hole are taken, but not more than nine. In both situations, if there is an unbroken sequence of holes with an odd number of counters, these are all taken, but not more than nine from each.
Content Recorded by K.C. Murray, Surveyor of Antiquities of Nigeria. "7.5.55. Nigeria, Ibo tribe, Achalla (near Akwa), Onitsha Pr.: Okwe (K.C. Murray). 2x5 holes arranged in a circle and four stores within the circle. Boards are marked on the ground under the verandas of houses. Ten beans in each hole; one lap to the move; one round; play anticlockwise. Two, three, or four persons can play. A move may begin from any of the player's holes, but not more than nine beans can be lifted from any hole, and one bean at least must be left in the hole. If the move ends in a hole, making its contents an odd number of beans, these are taken, but not more than nine beans. If a move ends in a hole, making its contents even and the next hole has an odd number of beans, the contents of the odd hole are taken but not more than nine beans. If in either case the hole from which the beans are taken is followed by an unbroken sequence of holes with an odd number of beans, these are taken." Murray 1951: 191-192.
Confidence 100
Source Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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