Traditional mancala games can be found all around Africa (except some areas both on North and South extrems), some parts of Asia (southern and central Asia, specially), the Caribbean and parts of northern South America. Mancala games are also known in Oceania on the island of New Guinea and the Mariana Islands. In Europe there are (or have been) traditional mancala games in the Baltic area and Eastern Germany, in some Greek islands and, probably in the Balkans.
Today, more and more traditional games are also enjoyed outside traditional communities in Europe and North America.
They are part of traditional folk culture (customs, arts and crafts) and usually passed on orally.
Unfortunately, many of these games are vanishing (or have already disappeared) as the external conditions have changed. People don't play any more, the have gone from the countryside to bigger towns, they have adopted "western" games, as checkers or ludo... Many times mancala games have the stigma of being old and rural, and checkers, ludo, monopoly or videogames are modern and urban.
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