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Shax (board game)

Shax (pronounced "Shah"), also known as Jar, Djelga or Mororova in some areas, is a board game played in the Horn of Africa, particularly in Somalia. With its origins dating back centuries, it is still popular today.

The game is usually played by marking a board on the ground, and using stones or sticks as pieces. Shax has had a significant influence on Somali literature, which often mentions gameplay and strategies. In the historical nomadic lifestyle of the Somali people, Shax was also utilized as a means of communication between different clans.


Shax may refer to:

  • Shax (board game), an African board game
  • Shax (Charmed), a demon antagonist from the TV series Charmed
  • Shax, a demon in the Ars Goetia
  • Shax, a Dungeons & Dragons "vestige", a quasi-deity based on the Goetic demon.
  • Shax, a nickname for William Shakespeare