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Evidence for Omangunta Peeta

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Id DLP.Evidence.1654
Type Ethnography
Location Madras Presidency
Date 1923-01-01 - 1923-12-31
Rules 2x7 board. Six counters in each hole, except the central hole in each row, which contains one counter. Sowing occurs in an anti-clockwise direction. When the last counter is sown, the player picks up the counters in the next hole in the direction of the sowing and continues sowing with those counters. When the hole after the hole in which the final counter is sown is empty, the counters in the next hole are captured, as well as the counters in the hole opposite this hole, and the turn ends. Sowing cannot begin from the central hole of ether row. When a capture would occur from one of these central holes, the counters are not captured until the end of the game. At the end of the game, if both players are eligible to capture from the hole, they split the counters, leaving one in a hole if it is an odd number, and one in each hole if it is an even number. If neither player made a capture from the hole, the counters remain in the hole. When the players can no longer play, a new round begins. Each player then fills up as many holes, not counting the central holes, on their side of the board with six counters if possible. Any holes that do not contain counters are out of play. Play continues until one player captures all the counters, and is the winner.
Content "A game of this type is also prevalent in the Madras Presidency. It is called Omangunta peefa (a plank with holes) in Telugu and Palanguli (a plank with holes) in Tamil and for the detailed information about the rules that are followed I am thankful to Mr. V. V. Ra uof the Bengal Nagpur Railway, There are fourteen shallow depressions in two rows, seven being in each row. In the central depression of each row only one piece is placed, while inside each of the rest are placed, six, twelve or twenty-four pieces. The usual rules of the game are followed and the special point to be noted is that like the Orissa game none will be able to play with the piece. lying in the central pair, and though they may be captured according to the ordinary rules of the game they will be removed only at the end of each game, and the pieces lying in a central depression are to ho shared equally between the players if each of them in course of his play dropped down his last piece in a depression separated from the central one by an empty one or the pieces lying in the central depression may belong to none, and in that case they will not be removed from their position. If the number of pieces lying in a central depression is odd, one will be left In it and the rest will be equally divided between the two players, but if it is even two will be placed in the central depression and the rest will be divided equally between the two players. It should also be noted that when a player succeeds in capturing pieces lying in a depression, he will also seize all the pieces that may be in the depression opposite. At the end of one game each player will arrange the pieces he has been able to capture in the line of depressions next to him and those which may be vacant will be supposed to be non-existent in course of the succeeding game. The successful player will be he who will be able to capture. all the pieces. The pieces are moved from left to right." Das Gupta 1923: 73-74
Confidence 100
Ages Adult
Social status Non-Elite
Genders Male
Source Das-Gupta. H. 1923. "Notes on a Type of Sedentary Game Prevalent in Many Parts of India." Journal and Proceedings of the Asiatic Society of Bengal 19: 71-74.

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