Diketo (game)

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Two girls playing Puca.

Diketo, also known as Magave, Upuca, or Puca, is one of ten recognized indigenous games of South Africa and Lesotho.[1][2][3] It is similar to the game Jacks.


Diketo is usually played by two players and can be played with pebbles or marbles. The player throws a stone or a gum into the air and then tries to grab as many stones as possible in the circle before they catch it again with the same hand. If the player does not catch the gho, it is the next player's turn. The player who has the most pebbles or marbles wins the game.[4]


  1. ^ "Indigenous Games Promotion and Training". Western Cape Government. Retrieved 2019-04-11.
  2. ^ Mafika (2015-09-25). "Indigenous Games Festival promotes unity in South Africa". Brand South Africa. Retrieved 2019-04-11.
  3. ^ "Games hone skills". News24. 2015-04-30. Retrieved 2019-04-11.
  4. ^ "Indigenous games" (PDF). Retrieved 2019-04-11.