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Evidence for Barjis

1 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.1601
Type Ethnography
Location Palestine
Date 1951-01-01 - 1951-12-31
Rules Frou 3x8 rectangles, arranged in a cross. The third square in the outer rows of each arm, counting from the outer corners, are marked. Four players, each with four pieces. Pieces enter the board from the center of the board, down the central row of the player's arm, around the board in an anti-clockwise direction, and then back up the central row to the central space. Six cowries used as dice, the throws are as follows: one mouth up = 10; two mouths up = 2; three mouths up = 3; four mouths up = 4; five mouths up = 25; six mouths up = 12; zero mouths up = 6. Throws of 10 and 25 allow a player to enter a piece onto the board. When a piece lands on a space occupied by an opponent's piece, the opponent's piece is sent back to start. Pieces on the same spot as another piece belonging to the player and pieces on marked squares are safe from being sent to start. The player who moves all of their pieces off the board first wins, If a player does this before any other player moves off any of their pieces, it counts as seven wins.
Content "6.4.11. Arabs of Palestine: Barjis (Hilmi Samara)...Played by women and children only. Crosscut cells are (S. 11, 73, and corresponding cells on the other arms; they are cells of safety. Four persons play, each with four men. Played with six cowries, the throws having the standard values. Throws of 10 and 25 carry a grace (khal), and men can only enter and re-enter by a grace. Men can be doubled on any cell and doubled men cannot be taken. If a player bears all her men before the opponents have borne one man, the game is won by mars, counting seven games." Murray 1951: 136.
Confidence 100
Ages All
Genders Female
Source Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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