Um el Bagara → German.
|Um el Bagara|
|Other Names: Mangala|
|First Description: R. |
|Sowing: Single laps|
Um el Bagara ("cow game"), also named Mangala, is played among the Kababish Arabs living on the fringe of the northern desert in Kordofan Province, Sudan. It is primarily enjoyed during the fasting month of Ramadan, when the game whiles away the time and enables the players to forget their hunger and thirst. The game was first described by R. Davies in 1925 who reported the following:
- Sometimes they forget too completely, as when a tornado, accompanied by hail, broke over the encampment of the Nazir of the Kababish in June, and he, absorbed in a game of Um el Banat, popped into his mouth a large hailstone, which melted before he realized, with dismay, that he had broken the fast.
Um el Bagara was marketed in the USA by the Great American Trading Company.
- Davies, R.
- Some Arab Games and Puzzles. In: Sudan Notes & Records 1925; 8: 137-152.