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Evidence for Bagh Bandi

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Id DLP.Evidence.1633
Type Ethnography
Location 22°35'23.45"N, 88°55'11.80"E 22°39'24.91"N, 88°52'2.93"E
Date 1935-01-01 - 1935-12-31
Rules 5x5 intersecting lines, with diagonals drawn in the four quadrants of the board. Two triangles, their apices intersecting the main board at opposite midpoints. The bast of the triangle is bisected by a line drawn from the apex, and this line is bisected and intersects with the other two sides of the triangle. One player plays as two tigers, which can be placed anywhere on the board, and the other player plays as 32 goats, which begin on the four central points of the quadrants of the square board, eight per stack. Players alternate turns moving a piece to an empty adjacent spot along the lines. The goats move one at a time from their stacks, and cannot be restacked once they have been moved. The tiger may capture a goat by hopping over it to an empty spot immediately on the opposite side of an adjacent goat. Multiple captures in one turn are allowed, but a tiger cannot hop over a stack of goats and hop over it again in the opposite direction. When tigers hop over a stack of goats, only one goat is captured. The goats win by blocking the tigers from being able to move; the tigers win by capturing all the goats.
Content "Basirhat town is the head-quarters of the Basirhat Sub- division in the east of the district of 24-Parganas. It is some 35 miles east of Calcutta. Mr. Santosh Kumar Bay informs me that the following type of BaghLandi or Tiger-play was frequently played by him in his boyhood at Basirhat. In June 1935, 1 made personal enquiries at Taki from the chairman and the vice-chairman of the local municipality and other gentlemen and they all corroborated Mr. Ray. The diagram of the new variety of BaghJandi is shown in the accompanying figure. The game is played with 2 tigers and 32 goats. The goats are placed in groups of 8 at the points enclosed by circles in the diagram at the beginning of the game. The 2 tigers can be placed anywhere on the board. The usual rules of capture by Jumping over a piece to an empty point opposite apply. In this form of the game two or more successive captures of goats are permitted ; but not by jumping forward and backward over the goats lying at the 4 points enclosed by circles. " Datta 1935: 407-408.
Confidence 100
Ages All
Genders Male
Source Datta, J. 1935. "A New Type of Bagh-Bandi or Tiger-Play Prevalent at Basirhat in Lower Bengal." Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal 1: 407-408.

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