Teela (marbles) are small glass or china spheres no bigger than 2 cm around. They were used by children, mostly boys, to play several types of games in the sand or dirt. Walnuts could be substituted for teela. A small hole, or khana, was dug into the ground. Khana means ‘steady end.’


Al-Kuwaina was one type of game in which players made a larger hole, Each player would put one teela into the khana, and then take turns flicking teela into the khana. The player who flicked the most teela into the khana took the other players’ teela.


Hosh was another type of game, with the same objective. Two players tried to hit a larger teela that was sitting in a circle scribed into the earth.

 

 

 

 

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