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'Um el-Bil (Um el-Bil)DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Northern Africa

Category Board, Sow, Two rows


'Um El-Bil is a two-row mancala-style board game played in Tunisia. Typically it is played in holes in the ground, with camel droppings, shells, or nuts as counters. It was rarely played by young girls.


2x6 board. Four counters in each hole. Sowing occurs in an anti-clockwise direction. The first player sows from the hole on their right. When the final counter lands in an occupied hole, the turn ends. When the final counter lands in an empty hole, that counter is captured. The player who captures the most counters wins.

Ayoub 1991: 20-21.

These rules were taken from the Six Holes ruleset.

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Observed rulesets
Six Holes Six holes in each row.
Seven Holes Seven holes per row.
Eight Holes Eight holes in each row.



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Ayoub, A. 1991. "100 jeux traditionnels du sud du Tunisie." in A. Ayoub and A. Louhichi (eds.), Jeu et sports en Mediterranée: actes du colloque de Carthage, 7-8-9 novembre 1989. Tunis: Alif, 13-54.

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