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Evidence in Umon

1 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.673
Type Ethnography
Game Gifia
Date 1951-01-01 - 1951-12-31
Rules 2x4 board with two stores on the ends. Six counters in each hole. Instead of owning the row of holes closest to them, players own the holes on the left half of the board. Play begins from any of the player's holes, sowing in either direction. When the last counter is sown, making the hole contain two or four counters, these are captured. If the adjacent holes also contain two or four counters, these are also captured. If the last counter falls into a hole, making it contain a number other than two or four, and adjacent holes contain two or four, the counters from only one of these adjacent holes may be captured. Play ends when each player is reduced to one counter. A second round begins with each player placing six counters in as many of their holes as they can, returning surplus to the store. Play continues as before. Rounds are played until one player loses all their counters.
Content Recorded by K. C. Murray, Surveyor of Antiquities of Nigeria "Nigeria, Umon, Aro Division, Calabar Pr.: Gifia. 2 x 4 holes and two stores, one at each end of the board. Each player owns the two holes in each row and the store to his left side. Six beans in each hole; one lapt to the move; several rounds; moves can be made in either direction, and go round the board in the usual way. A move may begin from any of the player's holes. When a player has only a few beans left in his holes, he may refrain from moving when it is his turn to do so. If a move ends in a hole making its contents two or four beans, he takes these, and if the adjacent hole on either side also contains two or four beans, he takes these, and if the adjacent hole on either side also contains two or four beans, he takes them also. If a move ends in a hole making its contents other than two or four beans, but the adjacent hole on either side contains two or four beans, he takes from one of theses hole, but not from both. When each player is reduced to one singleton, the round ends and each player takes the singleton in his own row. Each player then arranges his beans in his own holes, putting six in as many of his holes as he can, and returning any surplus beans to his store. The rouns is played in the same way, and rounds are played until one player has lost all his beans." K.C. Murray recorded the first round of a game played by two women in Umon. Murray 1951: 192-193.
Confidence 100
Source Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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