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Tauru (Taburu, Wali)DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Western Africa

Category Board, Space, Line


Tauru is an alignment game played by the Bariba people in what is now Benin. It is closely related to the game Dara, but instead of the player to capture the most pieces, the player to make the last possible capture wins. It is played by adult men, but at the time it was recorded was increasingly played by young men who were Wasangari, or in line to rule.


5x6 board. Each player has twelve pieces. Players alternate placing their pieces until they are all placed on the board. The goal is to make a line of three, which allows the player to capture one of the opponent's pieces. Once the pieces are all on the board, they may be moved one space orthogonally. In the case that a move creates two lines of three, only one capture is made. The player who makes the last possible capture wins.

Béart 1955: 456.



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

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