marabaraba

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Shangaan: marabaraba

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marabaraba (uncountable)

  1. An African board game, still played regularly.
    • We rest at the viewpoint after an easy hour of walking, and our guide teaches us some finer points of Marabaraba, a board game hastily drawn on a sandstone rock, with little stones for “cows”. [1]
    • The murals, themselves subject to the cycle of nature and life, are an impermanent art, requiring annual renewal because they are washed off by the rain. Some mural designs depict objects such as women's coiffure, initiation masks or the board for marabaraba, a popular game like checkers, van Wyk said. [2]
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