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Evidence for Edris a Jin

1 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.1602
Type Ethnography
Location Lebanon
Date 1898-01-01 - 1898-12-31
Rules Four 4x8 rectangles, arranged in a cross. The central space is divided into a 4x4 grid. The corners of the arms of the cross are connected by diagonal tracks of eight ssquares, forming a diagonal board. Four cowries, used as dice. Three pieces per player, one of which is the "chief," the other two are "soldiers."
Content "Edris a Jin. Edris of the Genii, a game like Pachisi. Druses of Lebanon, Syria. Cloth and cowrie shells used as dice and men. The board is much more complicated than the preceding, consisting of a large square cotton cloth marked with a parti-colored diagram with four arms each having four rows of eight squares, each connected at the ends by a diagonal row of eight squares, the whole forming an octagonal figure. The inner square, consisting of sixteen small squares, is called the serai. The moves are made according to the throws with four cowries. Each player has three men, other shells, one of which is called the "chief," and the others "soldiers." The former are filled with red sealing wax, to which colored paper is pasted, distinguishing them as red, green, yellow, and black." Culin 1898: 857.
Confidence 100
Source Culin, S. 1898. Chess and Playing-Cards. Washington: Government Printing Office.

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