Mancala World
Adji Kui
First Description: Ruth
Magalys Wilson Ferrer,
Cycles: One
Ranks: Two
Sowing: Single laps
Region: Cuba

Adji Kui is the name of at least two Cuban mancala games from the area near Matanzas. The game was first recorded by Ruth Magalys Wilson Ferrer in 1991.

These games were played only by a few families of Arará origin (not to be confused with the Brazilian Arara people), whose ancestry is related to the Fon, Ewe, Mina, Popo and other peoples along the Benin and Togo coasts of Western Africa.

Here are the rules of one of them, which appears to be related with Oware.


At the beginning there are four seeds or pebbles in each of the six holes a player controls.


Initial Position

On his turn a player takes the contents of any of his holes containing more than one seed and sows them, one by one, counterclockwise in the ensuing holes. The move ends after a single lap.

If the last seed is placed in an opponent's hole, which then contains 2 or 3 seeds, its contents are captured, as are the contents of the previous opponent's holes containing 2 or 3 seeds.

If, on his turn, a player has only singletons or empty holes, he passes.

When the last seeds are cycling around the board, the game ends and the seeds are splitted between the two players, each player getting the seeds on his side of the board.

The player who has captured more seeds wins.

See also


Wilson Ferrer, R. M.
El maravilloso mundo de las piedras y los agujeros. Centro Cultural Africano "Fernando Ortiz", Santiago de Cuba (Cuba) 1991.


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