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Remember playing Chutes and Ladders when you were a kid? Chutes and Ladders is originally based on a game called Snakes and Ladders, which dates back to ancient India in the 2nd century B.C. This game was a tool to educate children on traditional Jain and Hindu philosophies (although Islamic, Buddhist, and other versions of the game also existed), especially teaching karma and kama, or destiny and desire.