The ancient Egyptians were highly fond of playing a strategic board game called “Senet”.

The game box had 30 squares. The tiles and game pieces (shaped like cones and spools) were made of faience, a ceramic material produced in a blue color that symbolized life.

The game was so popular that even pharaohs like Tutankhamun were buried with it for them to enjoy in afterlife.

Linguistically, the word senet means “bill, deed, proof” etc. But in the New Kingdom, the game senet meant “passing” and came to be associated with the journey to afterlife.

It was not just a game, but also a symbol for struggle to obtain immortality.

You can learn how to play the game here.

Credits: Ticia Verveer on Twitter

TO DO: Play ancient Egyptian board game Senet this weekend.

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