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Mbangbi DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Middle Africa, Western Africa

Category Reconstruction, Pending, Board, Sow, Two rows


Mbangbi is a two-row mancala-style game from West Central Africa. It is typically played by boys. The game is played in holes dug into the ground.


2x5 board with two stores. Play begins with eight counters in each hole. When sowing, if the final counter makes two or four counters, these are taken. Can be played with 2 or 4 players.

Steiber and Steiber 1938: 218.



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Murray 1951: 193

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Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Sieber, J. And D. Sieber. 1938. Das Leben des Kindes im Nsungli-Stamm. Africa: Journal of the International African Institute. 11(2): 208–220.



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