Ancient Strategy Game from Africa
Many different variations of this game exist using the same type of board and stones. Widespread in Africa, parts of Asia, and the Caribbean, the games have also become very popular in the United States and Europe. They are sometimes referred to as ‘Sowing Games’ since seeds are often used as playing pieces, or ‘Count and Capture’ games. Some form of this game has been played by more people than any other game in history, and with widely different rules. Game boards have been excavated in Ethiopia that were made at least 1300 years ago.
The boards may be a simple plank of wood with hollowed out “dishes" for the stones, or complex and highly decorated depending on the owner’s social ranking and taste. This two-player Mancala set, also known as Kalah, includes a one-piece game board of solid rubber wood, 48 natural marble pebbles and 2 pegs for keeping score. Measures 17-3/4" x 5-1/2" x 7/8". General playing instructions are included along with Egyptian Rules, Ethiopian Rules and Nigerian Rules, if you want to change it up. Sure to provide hours of entertainment.