Old time ABM

Board game “Snakes and Ladders” is a household favorite across the world – the straightforward rules and the two-player requirement meaning that even young children can play. The game was popular in Victorian England and later in America, where it was marketed as “Chutes and Ladders” – but surprisingly, the game originated in India, where early versions have been played since the 16th century.What might surprise you even more is the purpose of Snakes and Ladders. The reliance on chance to roll a good number and land on a “ladder”, rather than a “snake”, is designed to highlight the Hindu philosophy of Karma, and the path to one’s destiny. The ladders represent good deeds, which enable you to get closer to your destiny; the snakes represent bad deeds, which cause a person to slide further away from his destiny. The game was designed as a simple way to teach young people about morals – so next time you set up a snakes and ladders game, perhaps you’ll remember to have a good long think about your life.


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