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Yovodi (Dzedodekase)DLP Game   


Period Modern

Region Western Africa

Category Board, Sow, Two rows


Yovodi is a two-row mncala-style board game played by the Ewe people of Togo and Ghana.


2x6 board with two stores. Four counters in each hole. Sowing occurs in a clockwise direction. When the final counter of a sowing lands in an occupied hole, these are picked up and sowing continues. When the final counter lands in an empty hole in the player's own row, the contents of the hole opposite it in the opponent's row are captured. If the final counter lands in an empty hole in the opponent's row, the opponent captures the counters in the hole opposite it in the player's row. The player who captures the most counters wins.

Schönhärl 1909: 147-148.


West Africa

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Schönhärl, J. 1909. Volkskundliches aus Togo. Dresden and Leipzig: C. U. Kochs Verlagsbuchhandlung.



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