Shagai ~~ Horse Race

Shagai are ankle bones from sheep that are collected and used in games and fortune telling across Asia.  They are also given as tokens of friendship.  My daughters were taught how to play a couple of games by our friend Munkhtulga when we visited XIII Century.  They have been begging me to buy a set of bones ever since, and today we finally found a set I felt comfortable buying.

The following are the different positions that a sheep bone can “fall” into:

The positions are called camel, goat, horse and sheep depending on how they fall. These positions are used for another game that my girls learned, and I will post a video of that soon.

The girls are looking forward to having friends on Thursday to play games with!  They may even learn a few new games, as one of our guest is Mongolian.