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Diviyan Keliya (Diviyalliya, Kotiyo Saha Harak, Leopards and Cows)DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Southern Asia

Category Board, Hunt


Diviyan Keliya is a hunt game played in India and Sri Lanka. It has been documented since at least the early twentieth century, but is likely to be much older. It is similar to other hunt games played throughout South Asia.


One player has two leopards, the other has 24 cows. Play begins by each player taking turns to place their pieces, and then can move to one adjacent intersection. Leopards capture cows by hopping over them. Leopards win by capturing all the cows, cows win by blocking the leopards from moving.

Parker 1909: 581-583.


South Asia

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

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