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Kotu Ellima (Kotu Ellime, Taking of the Castles)DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Southern Asia

Category Board, War, Leaping, Lines


Kotu Ellima is a leaping capture game played in Sri Lanka since at least the nineteenth century, but which may potentially be older.


From the starting position, each player takes turns moving one piece to an adjacent point connected to its current position by a line. Captures are made by hopping over an adjacent piece. The player who captures all the opponent's pieces wins.

Ludovisi 1873: 33-34.


South Asia

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Murray 1951: 68

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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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