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Evidence for Tapatan

1 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.1664
Type Ethnography
Location Philippines
Date 1892-01-01 - 1892-12-31
Rules 3x3 intersecting lines with diagonals. Play occurs on the intersections of the lines. Three pieces per player. Play begins with each player placing pieces on empty points. If they make three in a row along the lines, they win. Once all pieces are place, players take turns moving pieces one spot to an adjacent point along the lines trying to make three in a row.
Content "Tapatan This game is played by two persons on a square diagram, divided into eight equal parts. Each player has three men, consisting of pebbles, or of pieces of bark or wood. The dark plays first by placing one of his pebbles in the center of the diagram where the lines intersect, or where one of the cross-lines touches the line of the square. The object of the game is to get three pebbles of the same color on a line in any direction. When all the pebbles are on the board, each player moves in turn. Diagrams for this game are frequently seen marked on the floors and doorsteps of native houses. The board collected by Mr. Webb (shown in figure 69) consists of a tablet of hardwood, 10½ inches square, and is accompanied with six round pieces of wood, three white and three dark. Many families, says the collector, have boards and pieces like them; he also states that Tapatan is played by the natives at all times and places when they have money with which to gamble. The game has the advantage of requiring no paraphernalia that cannot be picked up on the roadside." Culin 1900: 648.
Confidence 100
Source Culin, S. 1900. "Philippine Games." American Anthropologist 2(4): 643-656.

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