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Katra Boaoaka

Period(s)

Modern

Region(s)

Eastern Africa

Description

Katra Boaoaka is a four-row mancala-style board game played in Madagascar. It is typically played by women and older children.

Rules

4x8 board. Two counters in each hole. Each player may sow in either direction on their first move, but must continue in the same direction for the remainder of the game. When the final counter of a sowing lands in an occupied hole, the counters in that hole are picked up and sowing continues. If the final hole of a sowing is in the inner row, regardless of whether it is occupied or empty, the player then captures the counters in both of the opponent's holes opposite it, and continues sowing with these counters as well as the ones in the final hole of sowing. Captures cannot be made when the final hole of a sowing was empty, and the opponent's opposite holes have only a single counter. When the final counter lands in an empty hole, the turn is over. The player who captures all the counters wins.

Linton 1933: 261-262.

Origin

Madagascar

Reference

Murray 8.3.1; Silva 1995: 147

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Sources

Linton, R. 1933. The Tanala: A hill Tribe of Madagascar. Chicago: Field Museum.

Identifiers

DLP.Game.254

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