Traditional games of Southeast Asia


Video Instructions for Mancala
November 14, 2007, 3:17 am
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Top
November 13, 2007, 4:38 am
Filed under: Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Top, Uncategorized

Malaysia

Gasing, or top spinning, is a traditional game popular among Malays in the past. During the rice-ripening season, gasing contests were held in the rural area. It is a belief among the kampung folks that the spinning tops would help bring good harvest.   What it is made of: Soft wood or hard fruit with a string that is tightly wounded round a nail at the base of the top Number of players: Individual or teams  How to play:
A circular boundary is marked on the ground within which the top is to spin. A player has to throw the top into the marked boundary by pulling the winded string backwards, resulting in the top to spin. The winner of this game is the player who is able to spin the top the longest within the circular boundary. The player whose top spins out of the circle loses the game. The quality of the top and the strength exerted by the player affects how long the top will spin.

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Philippines 

In Philippines, the game is known as Turumpo. Each province has its own shape and style of top but the most beautiful and biggest are those found among the Maranao of Mindanao. 

What it is made of: Soft wood for regular games whereas hard wood for competition 

Number of players: Individual or teams 

How to play:    
The top is played by winding the metre-long string among the top, The top is held between two fingers and the thumb and thrown to the ground. The competition is of two kinds. One is to inflict damage on the opponent’s tops; the other is to keep it spinning for the longest time. 


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Singapore

What it is made of: Normal wood  

Number of players: Individual or teams 

How to play: The style of playing is the same as in Malaysia