|Other Names: Halusi|
|First Description: Thomas|
|Sowing: Single laps|
Halusa or Halusi was described by Thomas Hyde in 1694 who found it at Tell Umayr (Seleucia-on-the-Tigris), eighteen miles south of modern Baghdad, Iraq. This mancala game is closely related to the Palestinian Al-manqala, the Turkish Mangala and, as it appears, even to the Baltic German Bohnenspiel, which originated in Persia.
The rules are similar to Al-manqala except for the following:
- The game board has just six holes per row.
- Each hole has six counters at the start.
- Any even contents are captured, not just twos and fours.
- Counters can be captured only from the player's own side of the board.
- If, at his turn, a player cannot move, the counters that are left on the board are won by the player who moved last.
- Hyde, T.
- De Ludis Orientalibus. Oxford (England) 1694, 226-232.
Adapted from the Wikinfo article, "Halusa" http://www.wikinfo.org/index.php/Halusa, used under the GNU Free Documentation License.