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Nama DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Western Africa

Category Board, Race, Escape


Nama is a race game played in Ségou, Mali. The board is made in the sand, and nut shells are used as dice. The first player who reaches the end plays as the hyena, which eats up the remaining players' pieces.


The board is a track of any number of spaces, made in the sand. Any number of players, playing with one piece. One piece is the hyena. Four nut shells are used as dice, with the following throws: four of all the same side = 20; two of the same side = 2; any other throw = 0. The first player to reach the end of the track then plays as the hyena. The hyena moves twice the value of the throw. When the hyena overtakes a player's piece, it is removed from the board and the player loses.

Béart 1955: 432.



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Béart, C. 1955. Jeux et jouets de l'ouest africain. Tome II. Dakar: IFAN.

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