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Evidence for Gabata (Adegrat)

1 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.1212
Type Ethnography
Location 14°16'41.86"N, 39°27'38.21"E
Date 1971-01-01 - 1971-12-31
Rules 2x6 board. Three counters in each hole. Sowing occurs in an anti-clockwise direction. When the final counter falls into an occupied hole, the played picks up the counters in the next hole and continues sowing from it. If that next hole is empty, the turn ends. If the final counter falls into an empty hole, the contents of the following hole are captured. Play continues until one player can no longer play because there are no counters left on their side. The opponent then takes the remainder of the counters on the board. For the next round, each player counts out the counters they captured, placing three each of the holes in their row. For every three in excess of the amount required to fill all of the holes in a row, the player claims one hole from the opponent's row. Play continues in this fashion until one player captures all of the holes on the board.
Content "In the Adegrat area of eastern Tigré, the following games were reported by Tetemké Mahari, a student of the Baeda Maryam School. Gabata I. This game is based on two rows each of six holes with three balls per hole, and is unusual in that a player picks up balls not from the hole in which he drops his last counter, but from the following hole...The first player would start anywhere by picking up the entire contents of any of his holes and moving in an anti-clockwise direction would distribute these balls one by one into the ensuing holes, picking up the contents of the hole immediately following the one in which the last ball in his hand fell and then would proceed in this way until he arrived at an empty hole and would then capture its contents, if any, of the following hole, irrespective as to whose side it was on, after which it would be his opponent's turn to move. Play would proceed in this fashion, the two players moving alternately. The game would come to an end when one of the players could no longer move for lack of counters on his side, whereupon his opponent would appropriate those on his side. The two players would then count down their capture by placing these balls back in their holes, three by three. A player increasing the number of his counters would capture one of his opponent's holes for every three balls he gained, a player with one additional counter surrendering it to his opponent with such balls. The game would come to an end when one player thus captured the entire board." Pankhurst 1971: 172.
Confidence 100
Ages Adult
Genders Male
Source Pankhurst, R. 1971. Gabata and Related Board Games of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. Ethiopia Observer 14(3):154-206.

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