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Apparently this game goes all the way back to India some time prior to the 16th century, where it was known as Vaikuntapaali or Paramapada Sopanam (the ladder to salvation).


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Rare Book Society of India Gyanbazi Game Gujarat, India (or southern Rajasthan, made) Late 19th century or 20th century An early version of the familiar snakes- and- ladders board game, the quasi-religious game of gyan (jnana)- choupad or gyanbazi (game of knowledge) was popular with the Rajasthani courts in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, especially with the ladies. Played universally in India, it is available in Hindu, Muslim and Jain versions.


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