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The Traditional Board Game Series Leaflet #39: Pulijudam

by Damian Walker
Players interested in reading more about pulijudam and related games can
find more information in the following books:
Astrop, J. The Pocket Book of Board Games. Kestrel Books, 1980.
Bell, R. C. Discovering Old Board Games, pp. 39-40. Aylesbury:
Shire Publications Ltd., 1973.
Bell, R. C. Board and Table Games from Many Civilizations, vol. 2,
pp. 47-48. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1979.
Botermans, J, et al. The World of Games, p. 153. New York: Facts on
File, Inc., 1989.
Murray, H. J. R. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess, p. 107.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1952.
Parlett, D. The Oxford History of Board Games, pp. 195-196. Oxford:
Oxford University Press, 1999.
Copyright © Damian Walker 2011 -

Illustration 3: the board for rafaya, or Board Games at CYNINGSTAN

demala diviyan keliya. Traditional Board Game Series
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The Traditional Board Game Series Leaflet #39: Pulijudam The Traditional Board Game Series Leaflet #39: Pulijudam

cant point beyond. task is no longer possible.

INTRODUCTION & HISTORY 8. The tiger may not change
Throughout southeast Asia there are pard game. direction during a leap, it must jump
a number of “hunt” games played In pulijudam, as in similar over only a single lamb, and it may In Sumatra, a game called
on triangular boards. A game called games, the sides are different: one make only one such leap in its turn. meurimüeng-rimüeng-do uses the
pulijudam was played throughout side consists of the prey, while the 9. Lambs may not leap over ti- same board, but has five tigers fa-
India, still being popular in the lat- other side has more numerous but gers. cing fifteen sheep.
ter half of the twentieth century. less powerful hunters. The hunters A larger board shown in Illus-
Winning the Game
Often known in English as the tiger must capture the prey, while the tration 3 is used with three tigers
game, it has also attracted the prey must see off the hunters. 10. The lambs win the game by and fifteen “dogs” in a game called
names lambs and tigers and the leo- confining the tigers such that no ti- rafaya in India or demala diviyan
ger may move in its turn. keliya in Sri Lanka. The larger
HOW TO PLAY 11. The tigers win the game by board makes the game last some-
The game is played on the points of lambs’ turn, a lamb is placed on any capturing so many lambs that their what longer than pulijudam.
the board shown in Illustration 1, desired point on the board.
one side having three tigers and the 4. No lamb may be moved
other having fifteen lambs. On while there are still lambs waiting
some boards there are arcs instead to be placed.
of the horizontal lines shown here, 5. In the tigers’ turn, a tiger
but this does not affect the way the may be moved from its current
game is played. point, along a marked line, to the
adjacent point, in any direction.
Beginning the
6. Once all the
lambs have been
1. The game placed, a lamb
begins with the ti- may instead be
gers placed on the moved in the same
board as shown in way as a tiger.
Illustration 2.
Capturing Lambs
2. The lambs
make the first 7. A tiger
move. may, instead of
moving to an adja-
Moving the
cent point, capture
a lamb by leaping
Illustration 1: the traditional pulijudam
3. In the board.
over it onto the va- Illustration 2: the tigers ready for play.

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