background Ludii Portal
Home of the Ludii General Game System

   

Part of the Digital Ludeme Project background    

Home Games Forum Downloads Tutorials Tournaments History World Map Team


 
Qelat (Beni Amir-Mensa)

Period(s)

Modern

Region(s)

Eastern Africa

Description

Qelat is a two-row mancala-style board game played by the Beni Amir and Mensa people of Eritrea. This game is typically played by older men, and is played for large stakes. Instead of capturing counters, players create "walda," captured holes in which counters accumulate throughout the game.

Rules

2x6 board. Four counters in each hole. Sowing occurs in a clockwise direction when starting from the three holes on the left of the board, and in an anti-clockwise direction when starting from the three holes on the right. Sowing ends when the final counter is dropped, regardless of whether the hole is occupied or not. When the final counter is dropped into a hole containing three counters, thus making it contain four, the hole is captured. This can only be done if the hole is one of the end holes on either side of either row, or the penultimate holes on either side of the opponent's row. Sowing is not allowed from a captured hole. When no player is able to move, the player with the most counters in their captured holes wins.

Pankhurst 1971: 171.

Origin

Horn of Africa

Evidence Map

1 pieces of evidence in total. Browse all evidence for Qelat (Beni Amir-Mensa) here.

Click on any marker or highlighted region to view the evidence relating to it.
To view all regions, please select it from the category options below.

Evidence category:

Evidence coloured based on:

Map style:



Sources

Pankhurst, R. 1971. Gabata and Related Board Games of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. Ethiopia Observer 14(3):154-206.

Identifiers

DLP.Game.327

     Contact Us
     ludii.games@gmail.com
     cameron.browne@maastrichtuniversity.nl

lkjh Maastricht University
Data Science and Knowledge Engineering (DKE)
Paul-Henri Spaaklaan 1, 6229 EN Maastricht, Netherlands
This project is funded by a 2m euro
ERC Consolidator Grant from the
European Research Council