CONGKLAK or DAKON
Congklak or Dakon (in Java) is an old traditional Indonesian board game. This game derives from the Middle Eastern Mancala game, which is one of the oldest known games in the world. The game uses a board with two rows, each with five to nine holes, called sawah (rice field), and a larger hole at both ends of the board—one for each player—called lumbung (rice bank). Small shells are to be divided evenly in all holes, as players take turns taking a pile of beads from one hole and distributing the shells throughout the board. The goal is to get as many beads as possible into your own rice bank.
In most regions, Congklak play is limited to young girls, teens and women in their leisure time and its seen as a 'girl's game'. In only a few regions is Congklak played by men and boys as well. However, this is a great game to be played by men, women of all ages.
In Sulawesi, historically, the game was reserved for play only during grieving periods, after the death of a loved one. It was considered taboo to play the game at any other time. In Central Java, in pre-historic times, Congklak was used by farmers to calculate the seasons, to know when to plant and harvest, as well as to predict the future.