Mancala World
Tok Ku Rou
First Description: Richard
Pankhurst, 1971
Cycles: Two
Ranks: Four
Sowing: Multiple laps
Region: South Sudan

Tok Ku Rou is a mancala game played by the Dinka and the Shilluk in South Sudan. Its name literally means in Dinka "one and two", a phrase which carries with it the idea of counting. Tok Ku Rou is a minor variant of Baré. It was first described by Richard Pankhurst in 1971. His informants were William Bol and Thomas Awak, at this time students in Addis Ababa.


The game is played on a board, which consists of four rows of 12 or 13 holes. The holes are called wot wet by the Shilluk ("wet house") and hud wet ("wet house") by the Dinka.

Initially there are four seeds in each hole. They are called nyali wet ("wet children") by the Shilluk and nyin wet ("wet eye") by the Dinka.


Initial Position

Otherwise the game is identical to Baré.


Pankhurst, R. 
Gabata and Related Board Games of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. In: Ethiopia Observer 1971; 14 (3): 204.


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