Snakes and Ladders – Victoria and Albert MuseumPosted: October 20, 2008
"The board represents a person’s progress in life. Each square says something about behaviour or the Jain religion. The ladders represent good behaviour that allows people to move to a higher level. The snakes represent bad behaviour leading to descent to a lower level."
Chess is a good metaphor for politics; ordinary reality is more like Snakes & Ladders.
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Yes, it was also invented in India