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Chiana wa Bwalo DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Eastern Africa

Category Board, Sow, Four rows


Chiana wa Bwalo is a four-row mancala-style board game played by the Nyanja people of East Africa. It is generally played by children.


4 row board, of any number of holes. Four counters in each player's outer row. Sowing occurs from the player's rearmost hole and in an anti-clockwise direction. When the final counter lands in an empty hole in the inner row, any counters in the opposite hole in the opponent's inner row are captured. The player who captures all of the opponent's counters wins.

Sanderson 1913: 735.


East Africa

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Murray 1951: 224.

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Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Sanderson, M. 1913. "Native Games of Central Africa." Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland 43: 726-736.

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