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PERFORMING ARTS & TRADITIONAL GAMES The numeric terminologies f o r t h e d i c e g a m e s are different from the normal linguistic terms and are used only while playing the game. 2.2.8. Stone Game Popularly known as ek dupa, the stone game is a very simple game played by teenage girls mostly in the eastern part of Bhutan. It requires only five small round shaped pebbles which can all fit inside the palm. Those days the girls used to play the game with their friends at home or out in the farms while their mothers were at work. Sometimes even young boys took interest in two to four persons individually competing against each joining the girls to play. other but the most preferred number of players is three. The game is played at five levels, each bearing a The components required to play this game are 64 small distinctive name. In the first level, which is called ek shells and two dice, small cubes with faces bearing one dupa, the player holds all five stones in her palm and to six dark, usually indented spots. Each player should throws them upwards. She then turns the palm t o f a c e have a set of nine coins that are distinct from those of t h e g r o un d , s tr e t c h i n g o u t h e r f i n g e r s t o the other players. It is a complex game for beginners and l e t t h e pebbles land on the back of her hand At least spectators as one keeps playing. The game requires quick one pebble should remain on the back of her hand thinking and rapid execution. During the first round, while falling from above. Then she attempts to pick each player can stack up two coins at a time as the base up those which landed on the ground. She must home. As they play on, one can stack up as many coins throw the pebbles on the back of her hand up into the as possible at ones home (the start) provided the dice air and collect those on the ground with the same palm one throws gives out the home number. If ones throw which she spreads out to allow those in the air to fall produces a similar number to that of the other players, on her palm. This way all the pebbles should be in her he can oust the existing coins and replace them with his palm after the second throw. The game can go on to ek own. The one who can stack up as many coins as he can tripa and so on. and reaches the goal is the winner. It is also an amusing The next level, dhue dupa, requires her to throw the game because before a player rolls out or literally thumps down the dice, he shouts a line of words with the name of stones on the ground and keep one clasped in between her index finger and the thumb. This time she has to the numbers he requires. Sometimes a player says funny pick up two stones at a time while the one in her hand things to amuse the others. The actual charm of the game is thrown in the air. is in the verses calling for the required number to come. In the third level, teen dupa, the four stones are thrown This game is usually played indoors among friends to on the ground. She has to pick up three stones together entertain themselves, but it is also a notorious gambling and after that pick the remaining one. game and forbidden in public places. 2.2.7. Three and One Dice Game Three and one dice game, or suk para, is also a type of a dice game played between two persons or more. There is only one dice with faces bearing one to six dark, usually indented spots. The players bet on only one and three, hence the name suk para (suk means three, para means one). One of the players rolls out the dice. If the dice shows one on the uppermost side, the players who put their stakes on three lose, and vice versa. If the dice shows the numbers of holes other than one and three, it is a tie whereby the dice is rolled out again until one of the two numbers appears. | 83

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