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Hat Diviyan Keliya (Seven Leopards)





Southern Asia


Board, Hunt.


Game played in Sri Lanka during the nineteenth century, but likely to be older. It is a hunt game like others common in South Asia, particularly those known as "tiger games."


The game is played on a triangle board divided in half on its height and then in thirds with lines crossing the height perpendicularly. One player plays as the tiger, and the other plays as seven leopards. The tiger plays their piece on a point where lines intersect first, and then on subsequent turns the leopards are placed one-by-one. Moves occur along the lines to an adjacent intersection. The tiger captures may capture a leopard by hopping over it. The tiger's goal is to capture four of the leopards; the leopards' goal is to block the tiger so it cannot move.

Ludovisi 1873: 33-34.


South Asia

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Hat Diviyan Keliya.lud


Murray 1951: 106–107

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Ludovisi, L. 1873. 'The sports and games of the Singhalese.' The Journal of the Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland. 17–41.

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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