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Mancala: Board Game (Dogon People, Mali)5.5" D x 30.5 "L x 7.5" WHand carved of hardwoodSold
This Mancala board was constructed by the Dogon People of the Republic of Mali. With its origins in East Africa, Mancala is one of the oldest board games in the world, dating to the 7th century, A.D. The term Mancala comes from Naqala, an Arabic word meaning "to move." This game is played by moving game pieces, usually seeds or beans, into different bowls on the game board until all pieces are captured. Mancala actually refers to a group of games, as more than 800 versions have been known to exist (Mancala World 2021).
This Board, like most, has twelve holes and two large cups to hold each player's game pieces. Mancala reflects ideas about how society is organized: the board may represent either the village or the universe; the holes are called "houses" or Villages"; and the playing pieces, which are moved around the board, are called "men" , "wives", children" or "cattle".
Mancala World. 2021.