African Mankala in Anthropological Perspective

  title={African Mankala in Anthropological Perspective},
  author={Philip Townshend},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={794 - 796}
  • P. Townshend
  • Published 1 December 1979
  • Sociology
  • Current Anthropology
by PHILIP TOWNSHEND P.O. Box 54, Lamu, Kenya. 8 II 79 Mankala is an Arabic name now conventionally used by anthropologists to describe a family of board games played by two persons or teams on rows of holes dug in the ground or scooped out of a block of wood. The object of the game is to capture the majority of pieces in play, and the outstanding characteristic of mankala games is that all the pieces, usually seeds or stones, used in any one game are identical. Mankala has one of the widest… 
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