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Kaooa DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Southern Asia

Category Board, Hunt


Kaooa is a hunt game documented in the early twentieth century in India, but it is probably much older, as graffiti with the pattern of the board have been found at sites such as medieval Vijayanagara.


Played on a five-pointed star shaped board. One player plays with one piece, the "tiger," and the other plays with seven pieces, the "kaooas." The player with the kaooas attempt to checkmate the tiger by moving to one of the points where the lines of the board intersect. The tiger captures kaooas by hopping over them. The tiger wins by capturing all the kaooas.

Gupta 1924: 167.



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Murray 1951: 112

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Gupta, H. 1924. 'A few types of sedentary games prevalent in the central provinces.' Journal and Proceedings of the Asiatic Society of Bengal 20(5): 165–169.

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