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Interesting Facts About Snakes & Ladders…

Snakes and Ladders, The very popular indoor game. In our childhood, we’ve played this game with very gusto. As we all know it is played between two or more players on a game board having numbered, gridded squares.

Playing snakes and ladders is really zestful and facts behind this games are really exciting.

Go ahead to read the fun facts-

Snake and Ladder is traditional philosophical game introduced in an Ancient India as early as 100’s BC.

It was known as “Moksha Patamu” and used as a tool for teaching the effects of good v/s bad.

It teaches lesson of the morality that a person can attain salvation (Moksha) through doing good, whereas by doing evil one will inherit rebirth to lower forms of life.

Reaching the last square (number 100) represented the attainment of Moksha.

The ladders in the game represents the good deeds, kindness, generosity, faith, blessings and humility, while the snakes represents lust, anger, murder, greed, rage,conceit and theft.

In the game the squares of virtue are: Faith (12), Reliability (51), Generosity (57), Knowledge (76), and Asceticism (78).

The squares of vice or evil are: Disobedience (41), Vanity (44), Vulgarity (49), Theft (52), Lying (58), Drunkenness (62), Debt (69), Murder (73), Rage (84), Greed (92), Pride (95), and Lust (99).

In the late 1800s, the Indian version of the Snakes and Ladders game was introduced to England, and it has been modified over the years to exclude moral or religious perspectives, though some versions have an educational purpose.

Milton Bradley recreated the Snakes and Ladders game in 1943, which was popular in Europe at the time, to suit an American audience, renaming it ‘Chutes and Ladders’, with the theme of playground equipment.

Snake and Ladder in the National Museum, New Delhi

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