Vai Lung Thlan (lung "stone"; thlan "grave"; vai may mean "foreign" or be short for vai phei, the name of an old Kuki clan) was first described in 1912 by Lt.-Colonel J. Shakespear. This mancala game is played by both sexes of the Mizo (the modern name for the Lushai people) who live in the Indian State of Mizoram located between Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Vai Lung Thlan is played on a special board having two rows of 6 small pits and two big pits called storehouses. The player's side is the bottom row of the small pits and the player's storehouse is on the right side.
At the beginning of the game 5 seeds are placed in each small pit.
A player wins the game if he accumulates more seeds in his own storehouse than the opponent.
Players take turns sowing their seeds. Sowing is performed the following way:
Below is an example of sowing:
A player takes five seeds from his pit
A player takes five seeds from his pit and sows them clockwise.