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The Aseek game, one of the most renowned Sahraoui games, is made up of the following components: a 60 centimeter-high heap of sand in the shape of a riding animal’s back (called Lbra); Seekats (sticks), in addition to peebles and small pieces of wood or reed. By means of the latter, each team moves atop the sand heap towards the adverse team in an attempt to eliminate the members of the other team from competition. In the game, the Seekats, a set of 30-40 centimeter-long sticks with curved and colored faces and smooth mono-colored backs, are essential tools. Lbra is divided into two parallel and equal spaces, which are divided by two dotted lines and small holes indicating the area where the sticks are to be moved about. The game has some rules which forbid any member of either team to get near the heap of sand until a member has managed a toss which overturns the sticks on either side: the back or the front. Such a successful move allows the player to move along the holes atop the heap of sand towards the other team, in accordance with the points scored. The score is determined depending on the position the sticks assume during the process of the game. Any observer of the components, the tools, and the essence of the game is likely to notice the correspondence between the game and the larger geographical context, which confer on the game added popularity and social significance.
 


    
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