Mancala, Kalaha, Bao, Omweso or Hus Game? Although Mancala is one of the world's oldest games, its origins are not entirely clear. The earliest finds found in Eritrea and Ethiopia about 700 years before. Kr. In the starting of the 1900s game came to Europe and then to the United States. The game is very popular in Britain, France and Germany, and in the 1940s became Kalaha one of those popular board game in the United States.