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En Gehé

Period

Modern

Region

Tanzania

Description

En gehé is played by the Loitha and Misonga Masai in northern Tanzania. It is a mancala style game said to be exclusively played by men. It is played on a board with two rows of 40-50 holes dug into the ground. It is played by two teams of eight people. Each team controls one row. Play begins with each hole containing four pieces (usually seeds or pebbles). A player picks up the seeds in a hole in his team's row and sows them in a counterclockwise fashion, one in each consecutive hole. If the last seed is deposited into a hole containing seeds, those seeds are picked up and the player continues sowing. The turn continues in this fashion until the last seed falls into an empty hole. If this empty hole is on the player's side, the seeds in the opposite hole in the other team's row are captured. The stone also causing the capture is taken. Play continues until one team cannot move, and the remaining seeds are captured by the other team. The team with the most seeds wins.

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En Gehé.lud

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