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Game of Snakes & Ladders, gouache on cloth, India, 19th century
The game of Snakes and Ladders originated in India and there are Hindu, Muslim and Jain versions of the game. The Jains called their version ‘gyanbazi’ or ‘gyanbaji’ which means ‘Game of Knowledge’.  Jains are particularly fond of playing this game during periods of fasting when the layout of the game means that they have the opportunity to study Jain concepts of morality and ethics.
Source: V&A

Game of Snakes & Ladders, gouache on cloth, India, 19th century

The game of Snakes and Ladders originated in India and there are Hindu, Muslim and Jain versions of the game. The Jains called their version ‘gyanbazi’ or ‘gyanbaji’ which means ‘Game of Knowledge’.  Jains are particularly fond of playing this game during periods of fasting when the layout of the game means that they have the opportunity to study Jain concepts of morality and ethics.

Source: V&A

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    predecessor to Chutes and Ladders, no doubt
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    Game of Snakes & Ladders, gouache on cloth, India, 19th century. (V&A)
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