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Evidence for La'b Akila

1 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.1533
Type Ethnography
Location Syria
Date 1896-01-01 - 1896-12-31
Rules 2x7 board. Seven counters in each hole. Sowing occurs in an anti-clockwise direction. When the final counter falls into an occupied hole, the contents of that hole are picked up and sowing continues. If the final counter falls into a hole containing one or three counters, the player captures those counters, plus any counters in the hole in the opposite row, as well as the contents of any holes in an unbroken sequence following the one in which the final counter which also contain two or four counters.When the final counter falls into an empty hole, the turn ends. Play continues until all of the pieces are captured. The player who captured the most counters wins.
Content "La'b hakimi, the "Rational game," or La'b akila, the "Intelligent game," is so called in contrast to the preceding. Success in it depends largely upon the skill of the players. In this game it is customary in Syria to put seven pieces in each hole. The players, instead of first taking from the hole on their right, may select any hole on their side of the board as a starting place. They calculate the holle in which the last piece will fall, and the result depends largely upon this calculation." Culin 1896: 598.
Confidence 100
Source Culin, S. 1896. Mancala, the National Game of Africa. Washington: Government Printing Office.

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