Senet Category: hands on history

Ethan Bucholtz
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:29 AM

On Tuesday, we played two versions of the Ancient Egyptian game Senet. The first version was our simplified version, in which if you landed on any of the squares that had symbols on them, you would go back four spaces. The second and more complicated version was different as each of the squares with symbols on them had different "requirements" to get out of. Both of these versions were different to the original game, since we used dice instead of sticks, and we made a simpler version of it as well.

The good things our group did well were: We coordinated everything well, especially on the day when we played the game, we got the work done on time (and some ahead of schedule), and we also assigned roles to each other and got most of the parts of the job done right and effectively. The things our group didn't do so well at were: Help each other. Each person went off to do their own thing and it became a little bit of a mess, until we fixed it later on. We also didn't do the presenting part very well, as people were reading off the palm cards the whole time and weren't looking up to the audience. Finally, there was some fighting within our group, which slightly hindered the work but we fixed that as well and on game day we felt we did good at explaining the rules and teaching others how to play the game.

Senet was a game that represented how the ancient Egyptians believed the journey of their souls (specifically the ka) to the Duat, or the afterlife. We did not have any primary sources that we could bring in as we couldn't go to Egypt and just grab a Senet board, but Mr Ruddock and Mr Fisher let us have a look at a great book outlining the rules of Senet and what the symbols on the certain squares represented.

Senet related to Ancient Egyptian society as it was (I have said this already) a representation of the journey to the afterlife. Overall we thought our group did rather well, however in the process of making the presentation we had some infighting withing the group.

 

Group Members: Ivan Vashchilin, Ethan Bucholtz, Christian Stefani and Alexander Radin

 

Written by Ethan Bucholtz

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