Cycle → Portuguese.
Most two- and three-row games have one cycle, which is shared by both players. Exceptions are Azigo (two cycles), Cups (no cycles), Diffusion (multiple overlapping cycles) and Trias (two partly overlapping cycles).
The direction of sowing resembles the cycling of a clockhand. It can be clockwise (left) or anticlockwise (right). Anticlockwise sowing is far more common than clockwise sowing even in modern games. According to Assia Popova, the clockwise direction is known as the direction of the sun or the male direction in Central Asia, while the anticlockwise direction is considered to be female. Widdershins, a modern game designed by David Parlett, is named after the female direction of game play.
- Deledicq, A. & Popova, A.
- Wari et Solo: Le Jeu de Calculs Africain (Collection "Les Distracts" 3). CEDIC, Paris (France) 1977, 177-179.
- Kronenburg, T., Donkers, J. & de Voogt, A. J.
- Never-Ending Moves in Bao. In: ICGA Journal 2006; 29 (2): 74-78.
- Wernham, B.
- Omweso: The Royal Mancala Game of Uganda (Boardgames in Academia V). Paper presented at Board Game Studies Colloquium V, Barcelona (Spain) 2001 (21th-25th April).