Lesson Plan 1: Nine Men’s Morris Historical/Cultural Perspective

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Lesson Plan 3: Senet
Historical/Cultural Perspective: Senet is an ancient board game popular in Egypt from about 3000 B.C.E. to 400 C.E. It is considered to be one of the racing board games like Mancala, which originated over 7,000 years ago in Africa. Mancala, in Arabic, means, “to transfer.” Archeologists have discovered game boards in Egyptian tombs as well as paintings of Senet games on tomb walls. Ancient Egyptians used triangular shaped pawns for one player and flat, circular pieces for the other player. Instead of counting with dice, Egyptians used painted sticks. One side painted black, the other white. The object of the game is for players to move/race/ transfer game pieces from one shallow bin (or box) in the game board to another, until all pieces have either exited the game or get to the winning space. Senet is the ancestor of today’s backgammon. Related games include Mu-Torere - from New Zealand and Pachisi (Parcheesi or Twenty-Five) – from India.

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