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Mancala and other
"Count and Capture" Game Boards


Often, these boards are used with the sea-bean: Gray Nickarnut, Caesalpinia bonduc

"Count and Capture" games using similar boards are known by the names:
Mancala (or Mankala), Manbula, Bao, Mbao, Wari (or Warri), Kisolo (or Cisolo), Oware, Kalaha, Sungka, and Awale.

Mancala boards, and Bao boards, can be found in an incredible variety of shapes, sizes, and configurations.

Many other examples of boards are shown on additional pages:
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This carved alligator has a topside that is hinged to the bottom.
Open the top and the Mancala board is revealed!




A Mancala Bao board game from Lamu Kenya. Note the single, square well on each side.




Two, three, or four-player Mancala Board

Known as "mancala" in many places, in the Philippines
(where this board came from), it is called "Sungka".
Made of solid wood with painted patterns and seashell game pieces.
The board measures 30" x 6" x 1" thick.




Mancala game with wood board and carved handle at top for carrying. There are 45 green seashells and 57 orange shells.
Board measures 26" x 5" x just under 1" thick.


Links
Count and Capture Games
which included a reprint of a 100 yr old article on mancala games: Mancala, The National Game of Africa
A really good article on these games in Africa is Michezo ya Mbao -- Mankala in East Africa

Omweso: International Omweso Society
Play Omweso on your computer: Omweso

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