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Wa'aché Waledat (Wa'ache Waledat, Mazageb, Gabata)DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Eastern Africa

Category Board, Sow, Two rows


Wa'aché Waledat is a two-row mancala-style board game played in Eritrea. It is typically played only by men and boys. It contains some of the rule mechanisms common to other Gabata games of Ethiopia.


2x6 board. Three counters per hole. Sowing occurs in an anti-clockwise direction when starting from the right three holes of a player's row, or in a clockwise direction when starting from the player's left three holes. When the final counter falls into an occupied hole, these are picked up and sowing continues, except when this hole is made to contain four counters, in which case these counters are captured and the player takes another turn. These captures may not be made on the first turn. When the final counter lands in an empty hole, the turn ends. Play continues until one player is without counters in their row. The opponent then captures the remaining counters in their row, and the player that has captured the most counters wins.

Pankhurst 1971: 171.


Horn of Africa

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

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