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The Game of Dogs and Jackals, a game board that is over 3800 years old

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posted on Apr, 13 2014 @ 05:02 PM
You might have heard of the game of "Dogs and Jackals" from some of the ancient Egyptian artwork of the Pharoahs. This board game was found in a tomb and is dated from 1800BC

Unfortunately, the instructions has been lost through the mists of time, but it's fascinating to think that this game is over 3800 years old.

Some people have been trying to put forward their own ideas of how the game was played:

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posted on Apr, 13 2014 @ 05:09 PM
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It's fascinating to think that people throughout history have been inventive, playful, and skillful in many endeavours in life.

It has amused me no end to think that over the years I have heard many people suggest the ancients were "slower than we are today", or that they didn't have as much "culture". Although, here we have another example of how people throughout all the ages of history have been anything but slow, or lacking in culture.

It's just a shame that things are lost to time, such as the rules of this game. It's a wonder that the game itself even survived. I am sure though, that with all the records that the Egyptians kept there must be some instructions somewhere...

posted on Apr, 13 2014 @ 05:09 PM
Looks a bit like a Cribbage board.
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Tried to copy pic, couldn't sorry.

posted on Apr, 13 2014 @ 05:32 PM
reply to post by stormcell

An awesome find. S&F
I'd love to see it for real.
Except for so many pegs, it sort of resembles a form of cribbage board too yeah?

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posted on Apr, 13 2014 @ 06:25 PM
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I read through the rules on the link. Think they're most likely wrong about the coins used to determine moves.
It looks like a racing game to me. I think it was played with dice and was played more like Backgammon.
Kind of a cross between Backgammon, Cribbage and Sorry.
Very cool! Thanks for posting!

posted on Apr, 13 2014 @ 07:05 PM
Super interesting find.

In the book series The Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan (a known freemason) used a soft-veiled version of this game which he called "Snakes and Foxes."

Considering all the other parallels to Freemason secrets Jordan hid within his books, it certainly makes me wonder what the Freemasons know about the origin of and real purpose behind this game.

(And no, I won't believe any freemason members who jump in and claim total ignorance. I might believe that you personally are ignorant, but considering the use of ancient Egyptology and beliefs ingrained in the Freemason rituals, I won't entertain the idea that Freemasons as a group know nothing on this topic.)
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posted on Apr, 13 2014 @ 07:24 PM
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Interesting indeed !

I did a study of ancient games last year and was going to do a thread perhaps one day. This is one of the games I read about. Learning about the ancient games was a personal study I did to pass time and it fascinated me for months in 2013.

I learned alot !

Ancient Games evolved from the normal things the people were doing , they were just replaying or rein-acting them out during their leisure time, an early form of Distractions. Anyways I decided to read up more on it because it totally distracted me and I thought why not I might learn a thing or two more about ancient cultures and practices.

I was intrigued by the whimsical nature of the games but also the intelligence behind them.

There are several theories on how board games originated.

1) Counting / Tally / Calendar / Grids boards turned into games
2) War, Strategy, Tactical maps or boards turned into games
3) The practice of divination evolved into games
4) Religous Beliefs and Life Practices acted out in games

Here are some more ancient games to check out:


Here is a tuby on ancient games. At the 49.31 mark a lady discusses Hounds and Jackals, you might find it interesting.

It brings back memories... thanks for sharing !

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posted on Apr, 14 2014 @ 12:54 AM
its just egyptian snakes and ladders!

nothing to see here (:

posted on Apr, 14 2014 @ 06:55 AM
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That looks similar to the game they played in the later season of "Lost."
I think that was called "Senet" and was ancient egyptian.

Loooking at that link though,they seem to be two different games.

posted on Apr, 14 2014 @ 04:27 PM
reply to post by stormcell

Very cool! Thanks.


posted on Apr, 15 2014 @ 06:36 PM
It's an awesome find and it shows that they were more inventive and thoughtful than most people think.

I also believe that it was played with a sort of dice or a rock, paper. scissors way of moving your pieces.

posted on Apr, 15 2014 @ 06:44 PM
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I like how the four legs of the game are carved to resemble actual legs and hooves.
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posted on Apr, 15 2014 @ 09:28 PM
I did some more research and managed to find a web page that explains how the game was played:

It also explains another game called Senet which is depicted in a scroll:

"For dice, the ancient Egyptians used 4 wooden sticks, each one with a painted side and a plain side. They would throw all 4 sticks and the combination of plain VS painted sides would determine how many moves they had. So it would go something like this:
1 painted side = move forward 1 square
2 painted sides = move forward 2 squares
3 painted sides = move forward 3 squares
4 painted sides = move forward 4 squares
All plain sides = move forward 5 squares"

I'm not sure about the rules in this page. From the game board it looks like it would be enough to get all your pieces in the last six holes. rather than in the last one. It would seem to bea game of racing down from the shade of the palm tree to get to the pool of water.

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