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Evidence for Koti Keliya

1 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.1480
Type Ethnography
Location Sri Lanka
Date 1909-01-01 - 1909-12-31
Rules 12x12 checkered board. One player plays with six "cattle" or "dogs," the other plays as the "leopard." The cattle start on the white spaces along one side of the board, the leopard may be placed on any white square. Cattle move one space forward diagonally. The leopard may move one or two spaces diagonally in any one direction. If the leopard moves past the line of cattle, the leopard wins. If the cattle block the leopard from being able to move, the cattle win.
Content "Koti Keliya, 'the Leopard Game.' This is played on the same board of 144 squares, and is a form of 'Fox and Geese.' It requires one piece called a 'Leopard,' and six others termed 'Cattle,' or 'Dogs,' which all move diagonally along the squares. The Cattle only move in a forward oblique direction and to the extent of one square at a time, and cannot be captured; but the Leopard has the option of going double the distance in any oblique direction if the course be unobstructed. He cannot pass over the Cattle. The Cattle are set on the white squares along one side of the board; while the Leopard may be placed anywhere on a square with the same colour. As in the English game, the Leopard wins if it can pass through or round the Cattle, whose aim is to enclose or 'imprison' him." Parker 1909: 585.
Confidence 100
Source Parker, H. 1909. Ancient Ceylon. New Delhi: Asian Educational Services.

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