hist-games: Indian War-games

u.schaedler at museedujeu.com u.schaedler at museedujeu.com
Thu Nov 10 03:48:42 PST 2005

Hi Mats,
just a short remark: the games scratched into the roofing slabs at Kurna
are NOT DATED. Nowadays egyptologists think they are relatively recent
(Islamic period).
There is an "Alquerque"-board scratched into the surface of a rock at
Metschamor, Georgia, difficult to date, and another one scratched in a
block in the Histroical and Town Museum at Barcelona, dated 1st-5th
century AD).

For Indian Games see: Sedentary Games of India, ed by N. Ry and A. Gosh,
Calcutta 1999.

Ulrich Schädler

> Evidently, Indian games were used in cultic practices. I've implemented
> some of these games. Please have a look at my article:
> http://hem.passagen.se/melki9/indian_wg.htm
> Prof. Rangachar Vasantha (Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur)
> has demonstrated that, in ancient India, boards and gaming pieces
> were used as a means for consulting God. She has argued that games
> cannot formally be distinguished from the temple or the magic circle.
> Game diagrams were built into roofing slabs, and the floor of temples,
> in ancient India. In the game, the devotee and the deity met.
> Murray (A History of Board-Games, p.88) says that the board-game
> Fanorona played an interesting part in the rituals in Madagascan
> culture. At the storming of the capital by the French in 1895, the
> Queen and people relied far more on the outcome of the official game
> which was being played by the ritual professionals for victory, than
> they did on their armed forces.
> Mats
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