Mancala is a generic term applied to a specific family of count-and-capture games. Mancala games are widely distributed and are played in most parts of Africa, the Middle East, Central, South and Southeast Asia, some of the Caribbean islands and parts of South America. Boards may have two, three or four rows of playing holes.
The rounded boat-shaped form of thistwo-row board suggests that it is from South East Asia in the Philippines or Indonesia where it would have been used to play Sungka. Pointed boat-shaped boards are also very popular in Sierra Leone; however, they also occur along the Guinea coast and in Kenya and Gabon.