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There are hundreds of names for traditional mancala games, a fact which mirrors the enormous diversity of mancala and the people who play them. While some names are used for identical games, many of them are also taken as generic expressions for very different games, such as is the case with Selus, Gabata, Sadeqa, Bao, Mangala, Hoyito, and Pallanguzhi. The following is a collection of 817 names from 99 countries.

Africa

Algeria

  • Arrawän
  • Buberuku
    • Bouberoukou
  • Izgagän
    • Tihulelin n-Äzgag
  • Oljinnät

Angola

see also Namibia

  • Biri
  • C(h)ela
  • Déqui
  • Gango
  • Kiel(l)a
    • Qu(i)ela
  • Kipele (also D. R. of the Congo)
  • Lueli
  • Muvalavala
  • Mwendo
  • Quendo
  • Tchela
    • Tsela
  • Uela

Benin

  • A(d)jito
  • Enin(d)ji
  • Fo(nd)ji
  • Ma(d)ji
  • Yovo(d)ji

Burkina Faso

  • Kapana Bona

Burundi

see also Rwanda

  • Ikibuguzo
  • Urubugu

Cameroon

see also Equatorial Guinea

  • Akun
  • Hawale
  • Kan
  • Mbangbi
    • Mban
  • Mbek Ô Kola
  • Mbere (also Nigeria)
  • N'Tyenge
  • Songo (also Gabon)
    • Songo Duala
    • Songo Ewondo

Cape Verde

  • Huri
  • Jogo Galinha
  • Jogo Inglês
  • Jogo Português
  • Moura
  • O(u)ri
    • Banco de Ouri
    • Oro
    • O(u)ril
    • O(u)rim
    • O(u)rin
    • Uri(l)
    • Urim
    • Urin
    • Urinca
  • Pia
  • Pintôn
  • Seca
  • Uale (on Sao Nicolao)
    • Uali (on Santiago)

Central African Republic

  • Angula

Chad

  • Gáj
    • Gáj-j äw
  • Kar

Comores

  • Mraha Wa Tso
    • Morahha

D. R. of the Congo

see also Angola

  • Amungola
  • Ambala
  • Baimbele
  • Banga
  • Banya
  • Baruma
  • Bokêbè
  • Bonzo
  • Busolo
  • Deka
  • Dwong
  • Embeli
  • Ereberekera
  • Imbelece
  • Kamicenji
  • Kanga
  • Kendo
  • Kipangu
  • Kis(s)olo
  • Kesoro
    • Kis(s)oro
  • Kisumbi
  • Kobichana
  • Leel
  • Leka
  • Lela
  • Lien'
  • Lisolo
  • Lodika
  • Lolemba
  • Longongi
  • Loseba
  • Lubasi
  • Luela
  • Lusolo
    • Lusole
  • Lwele
  • Mangola
    • Mangala (not related to Turkish Mangala)
  • Mangura
  • Mbelele
    • Mbele
    • Mbese
    • Mbili
    • Mbili-mbili
  • Mobese
  • Mongola
  • Mosongo
  • Mucuba
  • Mungolo
  • Mutiteba
  • Mvete
  • Nambayi
  • Ndebukya (also Uganda)
  • Ndevha
  • Ndoto
    • Ndo
  • Nembele
  • Netokoro
  • Ngola
  • Ngulunga
  • Nguma
  • Nimbele
  • Njonda
  • Nsumbi
  • Obigu
  • Olela
  • Otra
  • Otu
  • Peki
  • Sola
  • Sombi
  • Soro
  • Sovu
  • Ting Makor Adek
  • Tokolo
    • Tokoro
  • Yansi
  • Zikili

Djibouti

  • Asiti
  • Dabuda

Equatorial Guinea

  • Songa
    • Akon (also Cameroon, Gabon)
    • Akonga

Egypt

  • L'ab al-Akil
  • La'b al-Ghashim
  • Mankal'ah
    • Mangala (not related to Turkish Mangala)

Eritrea

see also Sudan

  • Abala(la'e)
  • Andada
  • Bechi
  • Mazageb
  • Mewegae
  • Mewelad
  • Qelat
  • Wad Arba

Ethiopia

see also South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda

  • Alemungula
  • Anywoli
  • Awagaga
  • Bulto
  • Bwul
  • Dap
  • Fangaya
  • Gabata
    • Gabeta
    • Gebeta
    • Gobeta
  • Gamacha
  • Gelech
  • Gelo
  • Gezuwa
  • Gizwa
  • Goncha
  • Gosha
  • Hesa
  • Hufesay
  • Huroy
  • Jimasesosh
  • Kase
  • Kwahilka Aitidikus
  • Lahemay Waledat
  • Lahemay Walida
  • Lamè Uwèlèdèt
  • Lami
  • Lamlameta
  • Lamosh
  • Lam Waladach
  • Latho
  • Maide
  • Mengas
  • Mewuga'e
  • Ngar
  • Qaluta
    • Qasuta
  • Qenchebema
  • Qéqa
  • Sadeqa
    • Sadiqa
  • Selus
  • Shèdan
  • Sherfo
  • Sira
  • Sirinya
  • Sulus Aidi
  • Sulus Nishtaw
  • Tagega
  • Tapata
  • Tegre
  • Tsotokele
  • Tuz
  • Ugeta
  • Wanjanya
  • Woga Sadiqa
  • Yada

Gabon

see also Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea

  • Érhérhé
  • Kale
  • Owani

Gambia

see also Senegal

  • Wo(r)ro

Ghana

  • Abapa
  • Abawo
  • Adi (also Nigeria, Togo)
  • Annana
  • Ba-awa
  • Kyekyemapuduo
    • Kyεkyεmapuduo
  • Nam-Nam
    • Num-Num
  • Oudu
  • Oware
    • Owari
  • Tampoduo
  • Tamtam Apachi
  • Waril

Guinea

see also Guinea-Bissau

  • Kuoless
  • Gbégélé
  • Ma(n)ga

Guinea-Bissau

  • Iár
  • Ori
  • Oroa

Ivory Coast

see also Sierra Leone

  • Achochodi
    • Axoxodi
  • Awale
    • Alé
    • Aware
    • Awele
    • Awere
    • Walé
    • Walle
    • Waré
  • Dagboprou
  • Djenon Abe
  • Djenon Aboure
  • Goré
  • Kpé
  • Ohojichi
    • Ohojitxi
  • Wolo
  • Wora
    • Oura

Kenya

see also Tanzania

  • Ajua
  • Boola
  • Bultuma
  • Cepenet
  • Curi
  • Elee (also Uganda)
  • En Dodoi
  • En Guehe
  • Enkeshui
  • Giuthi
    • Ciuthi
    • Kiusu
    • Kiothi
    • Kiuthi
    • Udi
    • Uthi
  • Intotoi
  • Kachig
    • Kacigh
  • Kechui
  • Keci(g)
    • Keciek
    • Kecuek
  • Kigogo
  • Ki-Nyamwezi
  • Knisi
  • Kombe
  • Lukho
    • Oluk(h)o
  • Mbare-Mbare
  • Mbothe
  • Mongale
  • Orotuba
  • Toitoin
  • Tsinjera
  • Ubwere (also Tanzania)

Liberia

  • Djamo
  • Kboo
    • Boo
  • Kapo Kungo
  • Kapo Sig
  • Kpo
    • Kpo Kunya
    • Poo
    • Pu
  • Ma

Madagascar

  • Fifang(h)a
  • Katra
    • Katra Atsipina
    • Katra-Be
    • Katra Boaaka
    • Katra Borobaka
    • Katra Fandatsaka
    • Katra Fanenjika
    • Katra Gorobaka
    • Katra Homanivoho
    • Katra Kihanta
    • Katra Kroba
    • Katra Mandry Dia Homana
    • Katra Masombika
    • Katra Mpantsaka
    • Katra Olo-May
    • Katra Paika
    • Katra Sakalava
    • Katra Tsotra
    • Katro
    • Katro Bara

Malawi

see also Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbawe

  • Bawo
  • Chiana Wa Bwalo
  • Chiana Wa Kunja
  • Lela
  • Njombwa (also Mozambique)
    • Nchombwa
  • Nchuwa
  • Nsolo (also Zambia)
  • Spreta (also Mozambique)

Mali

  • É
  • Î
  • Î Pere
  • Koro
  • Na(h)
  • Wari
  • Walu
  • Walya
  • Woulou
    • Wulu
  • Wo(u)ri (also Senegal)
    • Woribo

Mauretania

  • Um ed-Dyar (also Morocco)
    • Enmediar
    • Mand'are
    • Manddiaré
    • Umdiyar
    • Umm Dyar
  • Krur (also Morocco)
    • Khrour
    • Krour
    • Kurùr

Morocco

  • Hefari
    • Hefira
  • Koumma
  • Leb Bbut Ahbochen
  • Modiar
  • Um Laarais
  • Tihbat
  • Zacoc

Mozambique

see also Tanzania, Zimbabwe

  • B
  • Empalé
  • Libao
  • Mbau
  • M’palé
  • Msuwa (also Malawi)
    • Msuwa Wa Kunja
  • Mvombwa
  • Nc(h)ayo (also Tanzania)
    • Enchaio
  • Ncaya
  • Ocela
  • Shimunana
  • Sôuro
  • Tchadji
    • Thaji
  • Tchouba (also South Africa)
    • Cuba
    • Nsuwa (also Malawi)
    • Ndjuva
    • Ntchuba
    • N'tchuva
    • Ntsua
    • Shwa
    • Tchuba

Namibia

  • Hus
  • Lochspiel
  • Ogoro
  • Onjune
    • Onyune
  • Otjitoto
  • Owela (also Angola)
  • Thuskae
  • Uera
  • Xoros
  • Wera

Niger

  • Dili

Nigeria

see also Cameroon, Ghana

  • Adzua
  • Ako Okwe
  • Akwa Nsa
  • Awali
  • Ayo(ayo)
    • Ayo Eleh
    • Ayo Olopon
  • Azigo
  • Dagh
  • Dar(r)a
    • Derra
  • Ekwe
  • Ezu Ahia Ako Okwe
  • Gifia
  • Ichwe
  • Igori
  • Ise Ozin Egbe
  • Iyagbe
  • Iyogh
  • J'erin
    • Jẹ́ kí ń jẹ
  • J'odu
    • Jodorakase
    • Jòdù
    • Odú (also Benin)
  • Lok
  • Makwinni
  • Ncholokoto
  • Ndim-Ndum
  • Nsa Isong
  • Obridjie
  • Ogori
  • Olowuka
  • Okwe
  • Redu
  • Shayo
  • Sokusowó
  • Whyo
  • Zungu

Rwanda

  • Igisoro (also Burundi, Uganda)
    • Gisoro
    • Ibisoro
    • Ikisoro
  • Kibugubugu
  • Kubuguza
  • Kusoro
  • Kuwaguza

Senegal

see also Mali

  • Ngat
  • Ngon
  • Nguddu
  • Ouré
    • Ouré Ngat
    • Ouré Ngon
    • Uré
    • Wouré (also Gambia)
    • Wouri-Fok
    • Wuré
    • Wuri
  • Weuré
  • Woli

Seychelles

  • Makonn

Sierra Leone

  • Kö Mönka
  • Ti
    • Te
  • Warre
  • Woaley (also Ivory Coast)

Somalia

  • Bosh
  • Fergen Goobalay
    • Fergen Gobale
  • Layla
  • Layli Goobalay
    • Leyla Gobale
  • Rio Kadalis
    • Rio Kadashi
  • Togatog
  • Wegi

South Africa

see also Zimbabwe

  • Mefuvha
  • Moruba
    • Maruba
    • Mofuba
  • Ncuva
  • Semmeh
  • Tshimaya
    • Ntijwa

South Sudan

  • Abanga(h)
  • Aweet
    • Wet
  • Banya
  • Baré (also Ethiopia)
  • Luuth (also Ethiopia)
  • Mungula
  • Ngar (also Ethiopia
  • Otep
  • Rath
  • Ryakati
  • Toee
    • Tohi
  • Tok Ku Rou
  • Yit
    • Ayit
    • Yit Jani (also Ethiopia)
    • Yit Nuri (also Ethiopia)

Sudan

  • Andot (also Egypt and Eritrea)
  • El Agrab
  • El Arnab
  • Kâra
  • Li'ba(t) Iblîs
  • Um el Bagara
  • Um el Banat (also Eritrea)
  • Um el Tuweisat

Tanzania

see also Kenya, Mozambique

  • Bahendagabo (also Malawi)
  • Bao (also Kenya)
    • Ambao
    • Bau
    • Bao la Kete
    • Bao la Kichaga
    • Bao la Kiswahili
    • Bao la Komwe
    • Bao la Kucheza
    • Bao la Mtaji
    • Bao la Zanzibar
    • Mchezo wa Bao
    • Mbao
  • Bao Kiarabu
  • Bao Kigogo
  • Bao la Kigogo
  • Bao la Kimasai
  • Bao Ngulu
  • En Dodoi
  • En Gehé
  • Isuumbi
    • Isiimbi
  • Mpesse (also Kenya, Uganda)
  • Oce
    • Ochi
  • Takti
  • Uruhe(i)s(h)o
    • Ruhesho
  • Usolo (also Mozambique)
    • Busolo

Togo

see also Ghana

  • Adji
    • Aji
  • A Kidada

Uganda

see also D. R. of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania

  • Akileyisit
  • Amoru (also Ethiopia)
  • C(h)oro
  • Ingilith
  • Komari
  • Ngikileth
    • Ngikile(e)s
    • Okusora
  • Omweso
    • Mwe(i)so
    • Wezo
  • Pereauni

Zambia

see also Malawi

  • Chisolo
    • Cisolo
  • Isolo (not related to Tanzanian Isolo)
  • Kabwenga
  • Kanona
  • Mulabalaba
    • Milavalava
  • Mwambulula
  • Nakabili
    • Nakabile
  • Nambidi
  • Namudilakunze
  • Natatu
  • Nchuba
  • Sute (also Zimbabwe)

Zimbabwe

see also Zambia

  • Fuva
  • Imbwe
  • Isafuba
  • Isolo
  • Tsoro (also Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa)

America

Antigua and Barbuda

  • Warri (also Barbados, Haiti, Trinidad)

Bahamas

  • Worri

Barbados

  • Barbados Warri
  • English Wari
  • French Wari
  • Round-and-Round Warri
    • Rounds
    • Round De Town

Brazil

  • A-i-ú

Cayman Islands

  • Waurie
    • Island Wari
    • Warie
    • Wauri

Cuba

  • Adji Kui

Dominican Republic

  • Caille
  • Casitas
    • Casitas de Mate
    • Mate
  • Hoyito

French Guiana

see Suriname

Haiti

  • Kay
    • Caille
  • Voleur

Jamaica

  • Woll

Santa Lucia

  • Wa-wee

Surinam

  • Adji-Boto
  • Awali (also French Guiana)
    • Awari
  • Langa-Holo Adji-Pre
    • Langa Holo
  • Lontu-Holo Adji-Pre
    • Lontu Holo

Trinidad

see Antigua and Barbuda

United States

  • Warra

United States Virgin Islands

  • Wahree

Asia

Azerbaidshan

  • Mereköçdü

Brunei

see Indonesia

Cambodia

  • Bay Khom

China

  • Aemeibushishi
  • Ceelkoqyuqkoqjji
  • Ceelmeiyuqmeiji
  • Dongjintian
  • Dong Wo
  • Fēnliùbāoqí
  • Laomuzhukeng
    • Laomuzhu
    • Laomuzhuqi
  • Lildvqkojji
  • Lǎoniúqí
  • Mak-hu-hai
  • Sànyáo
  • Yucebao
  • Zigulzoqge

India

  • Ali Guli Mane
    • Aḷu Gulimane Āṭa
    • Hal(lu)gunimane
  • Arasu Āṭa
    • Arasaata
  • Arisi Pandi
  • Asoka-vāṭam
  • Bule Perga
  • C(h)enne
    • Channamane
    • C(h)enne Mane
  • Devare Āṭa
  • Ethirpandi
  • Hegge Timbata
  • Hunse Pace Āṭa
  • Jōḍu Perga
  • Kāsi
  • Kánji-guti
  • Karu Baruva Ata
  • Kāsi
    • Kashiyāṭa
    • Kasipandi
  • Katte Ata
  • Kattupandi
  • Kawa Aṭa
  • K(h)utki-boia
  • Khuzhi Palaka
  • Kawaḍi Āṭa
  • Kodi Mule
  • Kuzhipara
  • Longbeu-a-cha
  • Mawkar Katiya
  • Mule Ata
  • Nikkikkaḷi
  • Paandikkali
  • Pachgarhwa
  • Palla(a)nguzhi (also Sri Lanka)
    • Pallankuzhi
    • Pallam Kuzhi
    • Pallanguli
    • Pallankuli
    • Pallānkuri
    • Pallanguzhi Attam
  • Pannānkuri
  • Pāntinkuri
  • Pasu Pondi
    • Pasu Pandi
    • Pasuppandi
  • Pondi Attam
    • Paandikkali
    • Pandi
  • Puṭṭu Gobbanu
  • Raja Pasu (also Sri Lanka)
    • Rajapandi
    • Rajāṭa
  • Sadāṭa
  • Saripandi
  • Sat-gol
  • Seenya Mukya
  • Seethaipandi
    • Sita-Lakshmi Āṭa
    • Sita Āṭa
    • Sitāṭa
  • Tara Timbata
  • Thaichipandi
  • Til-Guti
  • Va(a)mana Guntalu
  • Vai Lung Thlan
    • Vai Lung Thlān
  • Vanagallapeetha

Indonesia

see also Sri Lanka

  • Aggalacang (wan Nogarata)
    • Maggaleceng
  • Aw-li On-nam Ot-tjin
    • Ot-tjin
  • Bajangkaq
  • Chato
  • Chuka
  • C(h)ongk(l)ak (also Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia)
    • Jogklak
    • Main C(h)on(g)kak
  • D(h)akon
    • Dhakonan
    • Daku
    • Permainan Dakon
  • Dampu
  • Dara-Dara
  • Dentuman Lamban
  • Djoenka
    • Jungka
    • Tjonka
  • Galatjang
  • Ka La
  • Kaloleh
  • Kéu Léu
    • Éu Léu
  • Matoe
  • Mechiwa
    • Metjiwa
  • Meuchoh
    • Meutjoh
  • Meuliëh
  • Meusuëb
    • Meusoeëb
  • Meuta'
  • Mokaotan
  • Motiq
  • Nogarata
  • Sai
  • Tjato
  • Tchouka
    • Tchuka Ruma
    • Tjoeka

Iran

  • Manqala(t)

Iraq

  • Baqura
  • Halusa
    • Hālūsa
    • Hālūsi

Israel

see Jordan

Jordan

  • Al-manqala (also Israel and Palestine)

Kazakhstan

  • Bestemshi
  • Kozdatu
  • Toguz Kumalak
    • Toğız Qumalaq
    • Toghyz Qumalaq

Kuwait

see Qatar

Kyrgyzstan

  • Toguz K(h)orgool

Malaysia

see also Indonesia

  • Tikum

Maldives

  • Naranj
  • Ohvalhu
    • Ohvalhu gondi

Mongolia

  • Eson Khorgol
    • Eson Xorgol
  • Unee Tugaluulach
    • Unee Tugaluulax

Nepal

  • Rama Rildok

Oman

  • Hawalis

Pakistan

  • Tatak

Palestine

see Jordan

Philippines

  • Agsinnoninka
  • Chuncajon
  • Cokajon
  • Sungka
    • Sungca
    • Sunka

Qatar

  • Al-Hawailah (also Kuwait, Syria, Yemen)

Saudi-Arabia

  • Al-Hawaileh
  • Beatta

Singapore

see Indonesia

Sri Lanka

see also India

  • Chonka (also Indonesia)
    • Cangka
    • Chanka
    • Chonku
  • Daramutu
  • Ellaewala-Kanda
  • Kotu-Baendum
  • Olinda Keliya
    • Olinda
  • Puhu(l)mutu
  • Raja Pasu Mandiri
  • Walak-Pussa

Syria

see also Qatar

  • La'b Akila
  • La'b Hakimi
  • La'b Madjnuni
  • La'b Rosëya

Thailand

  • Main Chakot
  • Mak Khom
  • Tungkayon

Turkey

  • Altı Ev
  • Bolu Yığması
  • Çukur Beştaş
  • Evcik
  • Göç
    • Göçmecik
  • Kıbık
  • Kuy Taş
    • Kuyu
  • Mangala (also Greece, Ukraine)
    • Mangola
  • Melegayası
  • Meneli Taş
  • Piç
  • Yalakkaya
  • Yerdim Yer

Turkmenistan

  • Tap-Urdy

Vietnam

  • Ô Ăn Quan
    • Ô Lang

Yemen

see Qatar

Australia & Oceania

Marianas

  • Chongka'
    • Tchonka

Europe

Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Ban-Ban

Estonia

see Germany

Germany

  • Bohnenspiel (also Estonia)

Greece

see also Turkey

  • Mandoli

Romania

  • Çevále

Ukraine

see Turkey

See also

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