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Khiam DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Northern Africa


Khiam is a mancala-style board game played in the Bordj Bou Arreridj region of Algeria in the early twentieth century. Players scooped holes in the soil to use as the board and used snail shells or date pits as counters.


2x4 board, with a store in the center. Six counters in each hole. Players alternate turns picking up the counters in their holes and sowing them, sowing first into the hole from which they picked up the counters. When the final counter falls in an occupied hole, the counters in that hole are captured. The player who captures the most counters wins.

Robert 1921: 67.



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Robert, A. 1921. "Jeux et divertissements des indigènes d'Algerie (région de Bordj-bou-Arréridj)." Revue Africaine 306-307: 62-84.



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