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Oware History & Rules

Oware History & Rules

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Published by Mallee Blue Media
Oware. The ancient and romantic National game of Ghana that means "He She Marries". Excellent abstract strategy game combined with genuine African tradition.

Reflecting traditional African values, players of Oware encourage participation by onlookers, making it perhaps the most social two-player abstract game. Games may provide a focus for entertainment and meeting others. The game, or variations of it, also had an important role in education, teaching maths to African children.

http://www.gamesfromeverywhere.com.au/fair-trade-products-gifts-australia/79-oware-ghana.html
Oware. The ancient and romantic National game of Ghana that means "He She Marries". Excellent abstract strategy game combined with genuine African tradition.

Reflecting traditional African values, players of Oware encourage participation by onlookers, making it perhaps the most social two-player abstract game. Games may provide a focus for entertainment and meeting others. The game, or variations of it, also had an important role in education, teaching maths to African children.

http://www.gamesfromeverywhere.com.au/fair-trade-products-gifts-australia/79-oware-ghana.html

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Published by: Mallee Blue Media on Mar 25, 2010
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Games from Everywhere____________________________
OwareHistory, Rules & Play
The National Game of Ghana
 
 
Games from Everywhere____________________________
 
 
Games from Everywhere____________________________
History
Oware is the oldest board game that is still widely played in theworld today. It belongs to the pit and pebbles classification ofgames, which has been in existence for seven thousand years.Quoting John B Haggerty 'the game has persisted for seventhousand years in widely separated areas all over the globe.' Itsexact origin has been lost to history, but what we can say is thatAfrica has always been considered its traditional home.Time magazine (June 14 1963) tells us of the ancient origin of thesegames and how widespread it was.'Carved on a vast block of rock in the ancient Syrian city of Aleppoare two facing ranks of six shallow pits with larger hollows scoopedout at each end. The same design is carved on columns of thetemple at Karnak in Egypt, and it appears in the early tomb paintingsin the valley of the Nile. It is carved in the Theseum in Athens, andin rock ledges along caravan routes of the ancient world. Today thesame pits and hollows are to be found all over Asia and Africa,scratched in the bare earth, carved in rare woods or ivory inlaid withgold.'There is a legend in Twi, the language of the Asante people ofGhana that Oware began when a man and a woman played thegame on end. To always be together and someday end the variousgames, they married. Hence the name Oware or Wari meaning“he/she marries.” 
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