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Mangala (Turkey) DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Western Asia, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe

Category Board, Sow, Two rows


Mangala is a two-row mancala-style board game played in Turkey. It is similar to other two-row mancala games found throughout Southwest Asia and North Africa. The game is played with holes dug into the ground.


2x7 board. The game starts with five counters in each hole. Play begins from a player's hole, sowing in a counter clockwise direction. If the last counter is sown in a hole containing one or three counters, they are taken. if the previous hole also has one or three, these are also taken. Play continues until all the holes are empty. The taken stones are then placed five in each hole, and the player with more counters than that needed to fill the holes in their row wins.

And 1979: 52.

These rules were taken from the Seven Holes ruleset.

All Rulesets

Observed rulesets
Seven Holes Played with seven holes per player.
Six Holes Played with six holes per player.



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And, M. 1979. 'Some notes on aspects and functions of Turkish folk games.' The Journal of American Folklore 92(363): 44–64.

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