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Evidence for Rio Kadalis

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Id DLP.Evidence.1395
Type Ethnography
Location 9°21'24.42"N, 42°47'43.87"E 9°33'31.70"N, 44° 4'4.82"E
Date 1971-01-01 - 1971-12-31
Rules 2x6 board. Four counters per hole. Sowing occurs 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 "Rio Kadalis or Rio Kadashi. This game, variously referred to as rio kadalis or rio kadashi, is of the lam waladach type...and has indeed a fairly similar literal meaning, viz. "helping a female goat to give birth."The game was played by...Hasan Omar Gad of the Jigjiga area, and by Musa Ali Gadid from Hargheisa...Hasan Omar Gad...says it is usually played on two rows of six holes and exclusively in an anti-clockwise direction. Rules are basically the same as in Game 25 so that all groups of four except those made by the last ball in a player's hand belong to the owner of the row, while groups of four made by the last hand belong to the player whose hand it was. There is, however, one special point to note: a player effecting a capture with the last ball in his hand, a situation referred to in Somali binikh or "wasting" the opponent, is not...entitled to continue his move as is the case in Central Ethiopia, though Musa Ali Gadid holds that this is not usual, and that it is on the contrary the opposite player's turn to move. The count down differs from wegi in that surplus holes are not closed down, the victorious player capturing holes from his opponent as in the games described for other areas." Pankhurst 1971: 182.
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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