The Timelessness of Snakes and Ladders

How a common children’s game has survived for centuries as a moral teaching tool

Doug Bierend
Feb 17, 2015 · 8 min read
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Chutes and Ladders Boardgame. Flickr / Ben Husmann
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Jnana Chaupar: A Game of Knowledge (19th century AD) from the Rajasthan Oriental Research Institute, Jodhpur
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Jain version Game of Snakes & Ladders. Gouache on cloth, India, 19th century,
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Jain Gyan Chaupar on cloth, National Museum (India, 19th century)
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Calico Museum of Textiles
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