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Mereköçdü (Merekocdu)

Period(s)

Modern

Region(s)

Southern Asia, Western Asia, Eastern Europe

Description

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.

Rules

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 holes, 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.

Ahundov 1968: 201-202.

Origin

Azerbaijan

Reference

And 1979: 52

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Sources

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.

Identifiers

DLP.Game.262

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