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Evidence for Pachgarhwa

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Id DLP.Evidence.1657
Type Ethnography
Location 25°12'35.98"N, 80°55'11.08"E
Date 1904-01-01 - 1905-12-31
Rules 2x5 board. Five counters in each hole. Sowing occurs in an anti-clockwise direction. When the final counters of a sowing lands in a hole, the contents of the next hole are picked up and sowing continues. When the final counter lands in a hole, and the next hole, from which sowing would normally continue, is empty, the player captures any counters in the next hole after the empty one. and the turn ends. Play continues until all of the pieces have been removed from the board.
Content "Pachgarhwa. Another game, which appears to be more popular than its intrinsic interest would seem to merit, is known as "Pachgarhwa." It is played by two persons, who take opposite sides of a board of ten spaces, arranged as in the accompanying diagram (Fig. 8). The gaame commences by each player placing piece pieces of kankar or similar material on each of the five spaces on his side of the board. There is no distinction in size, colour, or material between the "men" of either player. When the board has been thus set out, the player whose turn it is to move takes up the five pieces from any one of his spaces and proceeds to work round the board from the space to the right of that which he has just taken the pieces. He drops a piece on each space, whether of his own or his adversary's, as he proceeds. When he has thus exhausted his five "men," he takes up the pieces on the sixth space and continues the process, until he happens to deposit his last "man" on a space, the next in order to which is vacant. When this occurs, he takes as many pieces as may be on the space immediately beyond the vacant one. His turn is then over, and his adversary proceeds to move in the same way, but in the opposite direction. Thus the game, which is well-night interminable, goes on until all the pieces on the board are exhausted." Humphries 1906: 125.
Confidence 100
Source Humphries, E. de M. 1906. Notes on "Pachesi" and similar games, as played in the Karwi Subdivision, United Provinces. Journal and Proceedings of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. 2(4): 117–127.

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