thierry.depaulis at freesbee.fr
Fri Jun 20 13:32:38 PDT 2003
>I have a friend who plays/teaches a version of Mancala/Wari that he calls
>"Huss" and he says it is the only version of the Mancala-type games played
>in Europe during the SCA time frame. He actually gets insulted if you call
>his game Mancala! As far as I can tell his Huss is just another version of
>Mancala. I haven't been able to find any references to Huss, but
>information about Mancala and Wari is vast. Has anyone else heard about
"the only version of the Mancala-type games played in Europe during the SCA
Is he serious? I have never met "Huss" in Europe during my life which has
been very long (I was born in 1012)!
"Huss", or '||hus' (please note the TRUE spelling...), is a four-row
mancala game. It's a Herrero game. Herrero live in Namibia (formerly called
THE reference on '||hus' is:
Townshend, Philip. "The SWA game of ||hus (das Lochspiel) in the wider
context of African mankala", In: Journal - SWA Wissenschaftliche
Gesellschaft / Scientific Society (Windhoek), 31, 1977, p. 85-98.
Philip Townshend is a British anthropologist who is the leading authority
on African mancala games.
There is a description of ||hus (aka 'otjitoto') in Larry Russ's The
complete mancala games book : How to play the world's oldest board games.
New York : Marlowe & Company, 1999 (pp.111-2).
It seems '||hus' is pronounced with "clicks". Does your friend use "clicks"?
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