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Aw-li On-nam Ot-tjin

Period

Modern

Region

Borneo

Description

"Play on-nam fish," also referred to as ot-tjin "fish," is a mancala style game played in Borneo, documented among the Penihing people by Carl Lumholtz. It is typically played on a wooden board ("tu-tong ot-tjin") with two rows of 9 holws, with a larger hole at either end. Play begins with each hole holding 3 pices (usually seeds or stones), though 2 or 5 are also acceptable. A player picks up all of the seeds in one of the holes on their side, depositing one in each consecutive hole in a counterclockwise manner. If the last seed is placed in a hole with one less than the original starting number (thus making the number of seeds equal to the starting number), the player "makes a fish" (ára ot-tjin) and captures the pieces in that hole. Play continues until one player cannot play, at which point their opponent captures the remaining seeds on the board. The player with the most captured seeds wins.

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Aw-li On-nam Ot-tjin.lud

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