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Kpo (Poo)

Period(s)

Modern

Region(s)

Western Africa

Description

Kpo is a two-row mancala-style board game played by the Vei people in the late nineteenth century. It was described by Prince Momolu Massaquoi to Stewart Culin. It can be played by two, three, or four players.

Rules

Two rows of six holes with stores on either end. Four counters in each hole. Players sow in an anti-clockwise direction. When the last counter falls into a hole, and it now contains two or three counters, these are captured.

Culin 1896: 603-604.

These rules were taken from the Momolu Massaquoi ruleset.

All Rulesets

Described rulesets
Four players Played with four players.

Observed rulesets
Momolu Massaquoi Described by Prince Momolu Massaquoi.
Three players Played with three players.

Reference

Silva 1995: 228.

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Sources

Culin, S. 1896. Mancala, the National Game of Africa. Washington: Government Printing Office.

Reference ID

DLP.Game.259

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