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Djara-Badakh DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Eastern Africa

Category Board, Space, Line


Djara-Badakh is a simple game of alignment played by children in Somalia.


3x3 intersecting lines. Three pieces per player. Players alternate turns placing a piece on an empty spot on the board. When all of the pieces are placed, players alternate turns moving a piece to an empty adjacent spot. The first player to place their three pieces along one of the lines wins.

Marin 1931: 505.


Horn of Africa

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Murray 1951: 40.

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Marin, G. 1931. Somali Games. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. 61: 499-511.

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

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