snakes & ladders

story of snakes & ladders

Reviving old traditions, Taamaa’s games are contemporary translations of the best loved childhood games. Using original graphics, minimal detail and modern form, the collections bring a contemporary edge to ‘play’.

Originating in India as part of a family of dice board games, Moksha Patam (the name it was known by in ancient India), made its way to Victorian England becoming Snakes and Ladders. The concept when later
introduced in the US became Chutes and Ladders.

The historic version roots a lessons of morality - where a player’s progression up the board represented a life journed complicated by virtues (ladders) and vices (snakes).

keeping alive age old traditions with contemporary translations of traditional rituals and games

In the original 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).