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Bakuk is a mancala game played, at least, in Jbala, Morocco. Jbala is an mountainous area in Western Rif, with a population of Amazigh origin but Arabic-speaking.
It is a shepherds' game, and it is always played in holes dug in the ground, there are no wooden boards. Little stone so goat droppings are used as gaming pieces.
It is very similar to other Moroccan games, as koumma.
The board is made of two rows of an three holes.
There are 6 pieces initially in each hole
If there are two players, each one controls the three holes on his side of the board. If there are three players each one controls two adjacent holes.
At his turn, a player takes the contents of any hole of his side of the board and sows them counterclockwise, one by one, starting in the next one.
If the last piece ends in a hole making a total of 2 or 4, those pieces are captured and removed from the board.
If you have captured, you also get the contents of the following holes (in an unbroken sequence) that contain also 2 or 4 pieces.
The player who has captured most pieces, wins the game.
Differences with koumma
In koumma sowing starts in the hole the pieces are taken from.
In koumma 6 pieces are also captured.
- Bautista i Roca, V.
- (2009) Personal communication with Anuar, a Catalan social worker coming from Jbala.
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