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En Gehé






En Gehé is a two-row mancala-style game played by the Loitha and Misonga Masai in northern Tanzania. It is reported to be exclusively played by men, usually in two teams of eight people. It is played on a board with two rows of 40-50 holes dug into the ground.


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.


East Africa

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Merker, M. 1904. Die Masai: Ethnographische Monographie eines ostafrikanischen Semitenvolkes. Berlin: Dietrich Reimer (Ernst Vohsen).

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

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