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ruru Play

1. (noun) knucklebones, fivestones, jacks - a traditional game very similar to knucklebones, usually played with five stones. In the traditional Māori game the main stone, or jack, that is thrown up is called hai, the others kaimahi.

Ko te mahi tuatahi i te ruru he whiu i ngā kōhatu e rima ki te rangi kia tau iho ki te angaangamate o te ringa, kātahi ka whiua anō kia tau mai ai ki te kapu o te ringa (PK 2008:798). / The first action in knucklebones is to throw the five stones in the air so that they land on the back of the hand, then they are tossed up again so that they land in the palm of the hand.

See also kaimakamaka, kōruru, tutukai


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