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Evidence for Khutka Boia

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Id DLP.Evidence.1450
Type Ethnography
Location 32°34'58.69"N, 71°32'16.52"E
Date 1925-10-01 - 1925-10-31
Rules 2x5 board. Five counters in each hole. Players take turns sowing in an anti-clockwise direction. When the final counter lands in a hole, the player picks up the contents of the next hole following this one, and continues sowing If the player cannot pick up any counters from this hole, the players captures any counters from the hole after the empty hole, and the turn ends. Whenever any holes in the player's row contain four counters, they are captured by the player. Play continues until all of the counters have been captured. A new round begins. The players count their captured counters. If the difference between the two players' captured counters is greater than five, for each multiple of five in the difference a hole on the player with fewer counters' side is eliminated from play, and the excess counters that equal a multiple of five are placed aside for use in further rounds if necessary. When the difference is less than five, and when dealing with the remaining pieces after the multiples of five are dealt with, The following scenarios apply. When one player has one counter and the other has four, the player with one will give their stone to the one with four, but the player who has one counter will receive one counter from the hole from which sowing begins at the beginning of each player's turn. When one player has two counters and the other has three, the player with two gives these counters to the other player. With these five, the player creates a "bha" from one of holes in their row. The bha must be either the leftmost or rightmost hole. Every counter dropped into this hole during the course of play is captured by the owner of the hole. At the end of the round, the player who created the bha must return the number of counters given to them at the beginning of the round back to the other player. The holes which remain in play are then filled with five counters each from each player's captured counters and play continues as before. until one player captures all of the counters.
Content "Kutka-boia (dug circles). Two persons are necessary for playing this game, and, as shown in figure 6, two rows of five circles are required, each row belonging to one player. As is implied in the appellation Khutka, I.e. dug or inscribed, the circles are usually scooped out in a slab of stone. At the beginning of the game five pieces are placed in each hole so that each player requires 25 pieces. The riles that are followed are generally like those already described in connection with Mawkar-katya and a few other similar games, the pieces being moved from left to right. Among the deviations from the rules previously described may be pointed out one, according to which each group of four pieces which may be found within any hole in the row belonging to a player falls to the share of that player. At the end of each game the players may have the same number of pieces or one of them may have pieces in excess of those obtained by the other. The difference between the number of pieces belonging to the two players may be less than five, or more than five. If it is more than five then all multiples of five belong to the winner, and the corresponding number of circles belonging to the other player will be supposed to be non-existent and no pieces are to be thrown in them. When the difference is less than five, or when the number of pieces belonging to the winner is in excess of a multiple of five, the sum of the excess pieces which are with the two players will be five, and these excess pieces may be distributed either in sucha. way that one player will have four pieces and the other only two. In case of the former alternative, the player with four pieces of stone will be styled the Bhadar, while the other one will be called the Kungidar, and in course of play the Kungidar will receive one piece at the commencement of each deal whether it is started by him or by his adversary; in the case of the latter alternative, the player who has got two pieces will return them to his adversary who will be styled the Bhadar and, as such, shall have the right to make one of his circles bha-, I.e. the pieces which are already in that circle, as also those which shall have to be dropped into that circle in the course of play, will all belong to him. The bha-, however, must be a circle at one extremity of the row belonging to the Bhadar, I.e. the player who has three pieces in excess of a multiple of five. At the end of the play the Bhadar shall have to return to his adversary the two pieces obtained from him at the beginning of thge play. the player who has the greater number of pieces with him without any restriction as to the time or the number of games is considered the winner." Das-Gupta 1926a: 147-148.
Confidence 100
Ages All
Genders All
Source Gupta, H. 1926a. 'A Few Types of Sedentary Games Prevalent in the Punjab." Journal and Proceedings of the Asiatic Society of Bengal 22(4): 143–148.

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