Bao Game

Posted: 19/11/2012 in Games

Bao is a traditional mancala board game played in most of East Africa including KenyaTanzaniaComorosMalawi, as well as some areas of DR Congo and Burundi.[1][2][3] It is most popular among the Swahili people of Tanzania and Kenya; the name itself “Bao” is theSwahili word for “board” or “board game”. In Tanzania, and especially Zanzibar, a “bao master” (called bingwa, “master”; but also fundi, “artist”) is held in high respect. In Malawi, a close variant of the game is known as Bawo, which is the Yao equivalent of the Swahili name.[4]

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