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Pancha Keliya (Complex) DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Southern Asia

Category Reconstruction, Pending, Board, Race, Escape


Pancha Keliya is a race game played in Sri Lanka during the early twentieth century. This version is played on a more complex board.


Eleven squares are in the bottom line. From the central square, a line of an additional ten extend up. From the central hole of this vertical line (counting the central hole of the bottom line), a square with eleven holes per side. Extending to the left and right of this, five more squares on each side. Five squares extend upwards diagonally from the end of each of these lines, joining at an apex. Intersecting with the fifth square in the initial vertical line, a square with eleven spaces per side. Every fifth square is marked with an X. Players enter from opposite ends of the bottom horizontal track.


Sri Lanka

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Murray 1951: 140.

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Marin, G. 1942. "An Ancestor of the Game of 'Ludo.'" Man 42: 114-117.

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



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