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I DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Western Africa

Category Board, Sow, Two rows


I is a two-row mancala-style board game played by the Dogon people of Mali. It is generally played by boys in the sand, using pebbles as counters.


2x3-7 board. Four counters in each hole. Players sow counters from their side of the board in an anti-clockwise direction. When the final counter of a sowing lands in a hole containing one or two counters, making it now contain two or three, these are captured. Any adjacent holes with two or three counters are also captured. Single counters cannot be sown. When a player only has single counters in holes in their row, they pass. The player who captures the most counters wins.

Griaule 1938: 166-168.



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Murray 1951: 183.

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Griaule, M. 1938. Jeux dogons. Paris: Institute d'ethnologie.



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