Mancala World
Other Names: Ī
First Description: Marcel
Griaule, 1938
Cycles: One
Ranks: Two
Sowing: Multiple laps
Region: Mali

Nāh, also called Ī, is a mancala game of the Dogon people in Mali. It is played by boys in the villages of Sanga and Madougou. The game was first described by the French ethnologue Marcel Griaule in 1938.

Nāh is played with the fruits of the "Kun(ng)ojo". It is a variant of Obridjie.


Nāh differes from Obridjie in the following manner:

  • Each row has just five holes.


Initial Position

Griaule didn't state what is done with the uncaptured seeds, after the game has ended. Maybe the same rule as in Obridjie applies (that is, they aren't counted) or they are given to the player who moved last.

See also

  • Ī - a close variant of Nāh played by the Dogon in Kaça


Griaule, M.
Jeux dogons. Institut d'Ethnologie, Paris (France) 1938, 168.


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