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Mancala Board Games


Mancala is a group of board games played with many variations across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean and parts of South America. Mancala Board Games discusses the art historical aspects of the boards and gives a brief social and cultural context. Since this book that was published in 1997, many new insights in the history and distribution of mancala games have developed. The results are frequently presented at the yearly Colloquium of Board Game Studies and in the Journal of Board Game Studies.

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Other relevant publications on this theme
2009 At the crossroads of trade in the Indian Ocean - a ludic exploration. In Jorge Nuno Silvo (Ed.), Proceedings of the XIth Colloquium on Board Games Studies, Lisbon, pp. 31-42.

2006 Game board (bao) and playing seeds. In: Kiprop Lagat & Julie Hudson (eds.) Hazina: traditions, trade and transitions in eastern Africa, pp. 34-35. National Museums of Kenya/The British Musem: Nairobi, Kenya.

2005 Board games. In Africana: the Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience, Vol.1, pp. 559-561. Oxford University Press: New York.

2005 Alex de Voogt & Kees Hommes. The strategy game: mancala as a metaphor for change management in Africa. Journal of Convergence, 6(4):11-14.

2004 Bao. In African Folklore: an Encyclopedia, pp. 18-19, edited by Phillip M. Peek & Kwesi Yankah. Routledge: New York, London.

2004 Mancala. In African Folklore: an Encyclopedia, pp. 238-240, edited by Phillip M. Peek & Kwesi Yankah. Routledge: New York, London.

2004 Wari. In African Folklore: an Encyclopedia, pp. 501-502, edited by Phillip M. Peek & Kwesi Yankah. Routledge: New York, London.

2003 Muyaka's poetry in the history of Bao. Bulletin of SOAS 66(1): 61-65. Cambridge University Press: London.

2002 Alex de Voogt, Jeroen Donkers & Jos Uiterwijk. Mancala games - Topics in Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence. In Step by Step, pp. 133-146, edited by Jean Retschitzki & Rosita Haddad-Zubel. Editions Universitaires: Switzerland, Fribourg.

2000 Awele board. In Africa, arts and cultures, pp. 86-87, edited by John Mack. British Museum Press: London.

2001 Mancala: games that count. Expedition 43:38-46, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, Philadelphia.

2000 Mancala boards (Olinda Keliya) in the National Museums of Colombo. Journal of Board Games Studies 3:91-99, Leiden.

2000 Mancala rules and cultural changes in Maldivian history. Journal of Indian Ocean Studies 7(2&3): 174-182. New Delhi, India.

2000 Alex de Voogt, Jeroen Donkers & Jos Uiterwijk. Human versus computer problem-solving: winning openings in Dakon. Journal of Board Games Studies 3:79-88 , Leiden.

1999 Distribution of mancala board games: a methodological inquiry. Journal of Board Games Studies 2:104-114, Leiden.

1998 Seeded Players. Natural History, 2:18-22 . New York: American Museum of Natural History.

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