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Sho, Traditional Game of Sikkim

Sho - Traditional game of Sikkim

Sho is a traditional game of Sikkim, also called SHOH and is very popular among middle and worker class.

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This dice game Shoh is played using two dice which are shaken in a wooden bowl which is then upturned on a circular leather ‘plate’ with a loud thump and a shout. The score is kept using small cowries (comes from a Hindi word “कौड़ी” or “कौरी”).

Sho - traditional game of sikkim
Locals playing the traditional game of Sho

One can also play Sho with small amount of money.
Minimum number of players are 2 and the maximum number is four.

What are the traditional games of Sikkim?

Traditional games are those games within a society that people have played for many years. They could be indoor or outdoor games. In other words, they are the games and movements that are traditional to our cultures, from dances to ball games and water sports. UNESCO has recognized TRADITIONAL SPORTS AND GAMES (TSG) as world intangible heritage.

Why are traditional games important?

What are the values of traditional games?

What are some popular sports of Sikkim?

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13 thoughts on “Sho, Traditional Game of Sikkim”

  1. MgicEye,
    It is. 🙂

    We could not fully understand the game. When I asked them, there was language barrier.

    After coming back I tried to find on the net but without any success. Whatever I could gather from them, including the name, is here. They did not tell me about wooden bowl or leather plate. It was me who looked at those things curiously and found out. 🙂

    I have taken a small video which will come as my next post. 🙂

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