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Evidence for Katra

1 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.745
Type Contemporary rule description
Location Sakalava
Date 1952-01-01 - 1952-12-31
Content "8.3.1. Madagascar: Katra(...A.C. Haddon in CP, for the Sakalava tribe...). Played by women and older children only (cf. the Malay games). 4z6 to 4z10 holes, but usually 4x8. The Tamala boards have one store 'for spare pieces'; the Sakalava boards have two stores, both at the same end of the board. There are no reverse holes. Two beans in each hole. Several laps to the move; one round. The first move determines the direction of play; if it is made clockwise, all moves are clockwise, if anticlockwise, anticlockwise (cf. again the Malay games). A move may begin from any hole on the player's side of the board, but usually from a back-row hole. If the last bean in hand is sown in an empty hole, the move ends; if in . back-row hole containing one or more beans, these are lifted for a new lap; if in a front-row hole containing beans and the opponent's opposite front-row hole is empty or a singleton, the move ends, but if this hole contains more than one bean, these are lifted and added to the beans in the player's hole in which he sowed his last bean, and all the beans now in this hole are lifted for a new lap which is played in the usual way. If the opponent has no beans in any of his front-row holes, captures are made from his back-row in the same way." Murray 1952: 214-215.
Confidence 100
Source Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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