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weird, kind of cool wooden dice and sheep's knuckle bone
Posted by: Ned Boyajian (ID *****4972) Date: November 23, 2009 at 20:29:28
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Hi. Sorry if this is bit off topic .... Does anyone know about Armenian games? My great-grandfather was Dikranagertsi. In America he made an interesting-looking game. Wooden dice, marked with odd marks. Part of the game is a sheep's knuckle bone. None still living in my family have much idea what it was all about. The eldest have dim childhood memories of the grown-ups playing with the dice. A google search produces some interesting info on dice and knuckle bones from many cultures around the world, particularly from India and the Near East, but little on the specific Armenian context. I did turn up that sometimes Hai elders used knuckle bones in an attempt to do divination - would that have anything to do with these dice - or are they just for a game of chance?

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