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Mereköçdü (Merekocdu)DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Southern Asia, Western Asia, Eastern Europe


Mereköçdü is a two-row mancala-style board game played in Azerbaijan by children. Though the rules have been incompletely described, they have clear similarities to other mancala-style games that are played in rounds.


Two or four players. Three holes per player, arranged in a circle. Seven counters per hole. When players sow, the first counter is sown into the hole from which the counters were taken. When the final counter falls into a hole, making it contain two or four counters, the counters are captured. Play continues until all the counters are captured. A new round begins. Any player which captured more than seven counters in excess of their original 21 captures a hole from their opponent. Play continues as before. A player wins when their opponent is unable to fill a hole with seven counters.



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Ahundov, Ə. 1978. Azerbaycan Halk Yazını Örnekleri. Ankara: Ankara Üniversitesi Basimevi.

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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