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Demala Diviyan Keliya (Rafaya, Koti Sellama, Pulijudam)






board, hunt


Demala Diviyan Keliya is a hunt game known by many names played throughout South Asia, and documented since the early twentieth century.


It is played with three "leopards" and fifteen "dogs." Henry Parker, who described the rules, says it is played in the same way as Het Diviyan Keliya, but he does not specify where the three leopard pieces begin. The pieces are placed on the intersections of the lines, and move along the lines to the next intersection. The game starts with the leopards on the board, but in the beginning the player controlling the dogs places one dog on an intersection until they are all on the board. After this, the dogs move in the same manner as the leopards. The leopard can hop over a dog as in draughts, capturing it. The leopard wins the game if it captures more than half of the dogs, the dogs win if they block the leopard from being able to move.


South Asia


Murray 1951: 107

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

Parker, H. 1909. Ancient Ceylon. New Delhi: Asian Educational Services.

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