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Taptána (Taptana, Comina, Tapta, Atapta, Komina)




South America


Taptána was a game played in Peru. Famously, it is said to have been played by the last Inka emperor, Atahualpa, while he was imprisoned. The board is very similar to Spanish Alquerque, and cannot be dated to before the Spanish conquest.


Played on an Alquerque board.

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Depaulis 1998: 36-38.

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Depaulis, T. 1998. 'Inca Dice and Board Games.' Board Games Studies 1: 26–49.

Guaman Poma de Ayala, F. 1615. Nueva coronica y buen gobierno.

Santo Tomás, D. 1560. Lexicon o vocabulario de la lengua general del Perú. Cordoba: Valladolid.



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