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What does Sungka mean?
Sungka is one of the most popular Filipino games. Sungka is a game of skill in calculation played commonly by women and children. It is played on a block of wood or game-board called sungkahan. The game-board is shaped like a boat with the surface artfully rounded or slightly pointed at the ends.
Who painted Sungka?
|Playing Sungka||Manuel Rodriguez, Sr.||Philippines|
|Turkish Girls Who Play Mangala||M. Le Hay, after a work of Jean-Baptiste van Mour||France|
How is Sungka made?
The oblong game board (sungka(h)an), which is usually carved in wood (e.g. mahagany), consists of two rows of seven small pits called “houses” (bahay). In addition, there is a large store known as “head” (ulo) or “mother” (inay) for the captured stones at either end of the board. A player owns the store to his left.
What is objective of Sungka?
Sungka is a two-player board game where each player takes turn in moving stones with the objective of obtaining the most stones in their respective heads.
How does Sungka work?
The mechanics of the game is simple and easy. Before playing, one must have pebbles, marbles, or seashells, and the most important thing, the Sungka board. Each player controls the seven holes on his side of the board and owns the “head” to his right. The goal is to accumulate as many pieces in your own “head.”
Where does the name sungka come from in the Philippines?
The Aklanon people still call the game Kunggit. Sungka is the Philippine version of the mancala game. Mancala is a family of board games played around the world. The term is derived from the Arabic word naqala, which means “moved.” Nevertheless, it is a genuinely Philippine game despite its similarity to the Indonesian Congkak.
Where did the game of sungka come from?
Sungka is also similar to an ancient game believed to have originated in Egypt called Mankalah (mancala in Arabic, meaning “to move”), wherein boards are carved from stone, clay, or wood. This board game is traditionally played by women, and is popular in Southeast Asia particularly Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore.
What kind of block is sungka played on?
Sungka (pronounced SOONG-kah) is a game played on a solid wooden block with two rows of seven circular holes and two large holes at both ends called “head”.
How many pieces do you need to play sungka?
Sungka (pronounced SOONG-kah) is a game played on a solid wooden block with two rows of seven circular holes and two large holes at both ends called “head”. The game begins with 49 game pieces (shells, marbles, pebbles or seeds) equally distributed to alternate holes – seven pieces in every other hole – except “heads” which remain empty.