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Basics and a Look at the Origin of Mancala Games

We have known of quite a number of board games and some of these are such as chess, checkers and backgammon all of which are classic kinds of challenging board games indeed. Mancala is the other kind of board game in this class that actually has been around for ages, whose origins date as far back in time, dating back to the years 500 AD. As a matter of fact, Mancala is a count-and-capture board game which has with it such an attachment to ancient legacy. You will surely find a lot of the sorts or variants of the Mancala game for your information. In fact you may have already come across the game in stores but you only never knew what it is about. Read on and find out more on what Mancala is all about.

Where did Mancala come from in the first place? Mancala games have actually been evidenced by the findings of archaeologists to have originated from Ethiopia and date as far back as we have already mentioned above. The name it so assumes, “Mancala” is actually derived from the Arabic word “naqala” which means “to move”. Looking at the playing equipment, all you will require are such simple items as holes dug on the soil as holding cups and stones or seeds as the playing pieces.

The game is played by two players sitting in opposite sides. As for the play time, this is never taking as much time as they often never go for more than 15 minutes.

The Mancala games actually have a number of benefits from playing them and as such have quite gained so much popularity. One they happen to be quite ideal games for young ones for they tend to involve so much in mind activity and this is for the fact that it is a game of calculation and positioning for you to play them successfully. Mancala games come of various types and these will call for equally varied skill levels for play.

Added to this is the fact that given their simple design, they do not call for much to play in skill and as such nearly anyone can play the Mancala games as such further explaining the reasons behind their ever growing popularity.

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