Snakes and Ladders on a rainy day

It’s been over 120 years since Victorian children began to enjoy the Hindu game of Moksha-Patamu.  It was a game to teach morality, with the ladders based on ‘good’ squares and the snakes leading from ‘evil’ squares.  The game would teach children about virtues such as faith, trust and generosity with the ‘evil’ squares representing traits such as lying, theft and drunkeness! The origins of our much loved games and toys are fascinating and often surprising, and a subject we love to pass on in our Toys and Games sessions.

Snakes and Ladders game

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