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Evidence for Nchuwa

1 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.709
Type Ethnography
Location Atonga
Date 1913-01-01 - 1913-12-31
Content "Nchuwa (Atonga) In this game the "board" is also made by scooping out the requisite number of holes in the ground, but it differs from Nchombwa in the numbers of holes, These are in four rows, as in the other games, but there are six, nine, twelve, or fifteen holes in each row. The number of seeds (machi) also varies with the number of holes (godi) (two for each), 48, 72, 96, or 120 being required. The Bau board may be used by dispensing with two end holes of each row. The 15-hole game is, however, much the most interesting. The gambit.—Two men are put in each hole. The first player takes up the two in the right hand end hole of the front row, and puts one in the second hole and one in the third. He then takes up the two in the next hole and puts one in each of the next two holes, and so on till there are twice the number of holes having three in them as there are empty. The positions being as drawn:— The opponent does the same. The first player then takes two men from any hole in the front row, and puts them in any empty hole in the back row. He then takes from his opponent the contents of the two holes opposite to that from which he moved the two men, and also the contents of any one other hole (back or front rows), and removes all of them from the board. His opponent does the same. This constitutes the gambit. The game then proceeds exactly as in the Angoni (Nsolo or Nchombwa) game." Sanderson 1913: 734.
Confidence 100
Source Sanderson, M. 1913. "Native Games of Central Africa." Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland 43: 726-736.

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