Pulijudam: The Game of Goats and Tigers

- March 6, 2023


By Komal Narwani

Illustration: Bhavani Nadgonde

Pulijudam, or the game of Goats and Tigers, is an ancient strategic board game. It is popular in the southern states of India. Played by two players or teams, this is an asymmetric game. One player handles three tigers and the other possesses up to fifteen lambs or goats. This game of chase and hunt is designed to boost children’s memory power and enhance observation skills. Interestingly, this game finds a likeness to the Korean game of Yut!  It has many names including Aadu Puli Attam in Tamil, Meka Puli Aata in Telugu and Aadu Huli Aata in Kannada. 

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