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Evidence for Lamosh

1 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.1246
Type Ethnography
Location 9°35'45.42"N, 39°44'2.99"E
Date 1971-01-01 - 1971-12-31
Rules 2x6 board. Four counters in each hole. Play begins with a stylized move. One player takes one counter from their rightmost hole, and holds it in their hand. They then take one counter from the next hole, moving in an anti-clockwise direction, and place it in the next hole. They then take a counter from the next hole after that, and placing it in the next hole, continuing until there is an alternating pattern of a hole with five counters followed by a hole with three counters. Upon reaching the original hole, one counter is dropping in it, and then one counter in the following hole, thus capturing the counters in this hole. Players then alternate turns, sowing in an anti-clockwise direction. When the final counter of a sowing lands in an occupied hole, these counters are picked up and the sowing continues. During sowing, the contents of any hole made to contain four counters are captured by the player in whose row the hole is located, except when this is the final counter of a sowing, in which case the player who is sowing captures these counters. When the sowing ends in an empty hole, the turn ends. Play continues until one player cannot move, and the other player captures the remaining counters. A second round is played, each player placing four counters into each hole starting from the rightmost hole in their row. The player with more counters gains a hole from their opponent for every four extra balls they've captured. If an opponent has three extra after counting in such a way, they also gain a hole, but not if there are one or two extra. Play continues in several rounds like this until one player captures all the holes.
Content "Gabata VII (Lamosh II) This game, also reported by Berhanu Hayla Maryam of Ankabar, is identifal to Game 25, except that it begins with the initial palming and rearrangement of balls into a 3, 5, 3, 5 patter as described in Game 21. The first player would thus probably start in his right hand hole by picking up and palming one ball. Then, moving in an anti-clockwise direction he would pick up a ball from his opponent's opposite hole, and place it in the following hole. He would continue in this way until he had rearranged all but his right hand hole in a 3, 5, 3, 5 pattern. On reaching the latter hole, he would place one ball in it, so that it then held four counters, and would then drop the ball in his palm into his opponent's opposite hole, whereupon his move came to an end with the player appropriating the four balls in the latter hole. Thereafter play proceeds as in the other variety of lamosh." Pankhurst 1971: 178.
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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