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Tayam Sonalu DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Southern Asia

Category Board, Race, Escape

Description

Tayam Sonalu is a race game played on a cross-shaped board played by Tamil people of Sri Lanka. It is closely related to other race games on a cross-shaped board played throughout South Asia.

Rules

Four 3x8 rectangles, arranged in a cross shape around large central square. Four players. Four pieces per player. Two rectangular four-sided die, each marked as follows: 0, 1, 2, 4. When the throw is 0 and 1, the throw is called Tayam, when it is 0 and 4 it is called Sonal. Pieces enter the board from the central square onto the central row of their arm of the board, proceed down the central row, and then in an anti-clockwise direction around the circumference of the board, and back up the central row of their arm of the board, having to enter the central square with an exact throw. The first counter of each player must be entered with a throw of Tayam. After this, pieces may be entered with a throw of 1, 5, or Sonal, each of which enter the piece on the first square of the central row of their arm. These three throws also grant the player another throw. The throws made after entering a piece are made at once, and then the pieces moved afterward, the undivided value of each throw being used to move a piece. When a piece lands on a space occupied by an opponent's piece, the opponent's piece is sent back to start. If the opponent has two pieces on such a space, they both are sent back to start, but both may reenter the board with a single throw of 1, 5, or Sonal. The first player to place all of their pieces in the central square wins.

Parker 1909: 617-618.

Origin

Sri Lanka

Ludeme Description

Tayam Sonalu.lud

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Reference

Murray 1951: 134-135.

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Sources

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

Parker, H. 1909. Ancient Ceylon. New Delhi: Asian Educational Services.

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Identifiers

DLP.Games.641


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