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Games and Divination

To: alt.divination,alt.magick.tyagi,alt.chess,
From: nagasiva 
Subject: Games and Divination (was Chess Divination ...)
Date: Thu, 07 Mar 2002 01:30:18 GMT

50020306 VI!

jsavard@ecn.aSBLOKb.caNADA.invalid (John Savard):
> ...information available anywhere on the use of the game "Fanorona" 
> in Madagascar for divination...

Parlett has a couple of notes about this game: 

	* the game Fanorona derives from Alquerque and uses a board from
	  this latter game for its play;

	* the games historian Murray, at the turn of the 20th century,
	  was assured by an informant that 

		during the storming of the capital [of the Malagasy 
		Republic] by the French in 1895 the Queen and her 
		people founded their hopes for victory less on their 
		armed forces than on the outcome of the official 
		game being played to that end by the ritual 
		David Parlett, "The Oxford History of Board Games,"
		Oxford University Press, 1999; p. 248.

of course his focus is games, so he doesn't go much into the story that
he mentions, but the game was apparently used for divinatory purposes,
as have many games been, or they originated as such and became games.
Alquerque appears to be a relative of Merels and a competitor for its
cultural survival with the game of Draughts (per Parlett elsewhere).

if I find anything more on this, I'll post it to alt.divination and
related forums. good luck.


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