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deun ka-lah (เดินกะลา)

Thai. ‘Coconut walking’. Name of a traditional Thai children's game, that utilizes a pair of coconut shells, known in Thai as ka-lah. Two halves of a coconut shell, i.e. the hemispherical parts of a coconut, are attached to a circa 1-1.5 meter long rope, one on either end, through a hole drilled in the shell and then affixed with a knot on the underside. The aim of the game is for players to compete to see who can move fastest while standing on the coconut-shell shoes, that are kept in place by pulling on the rope that is put between the toes (fig.). Also transcribed dern kala. See also TRAVEL PICTURES and POSTAGE STAMP.


deun ka-lah