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Can you think of a universal
symbol of immortality and renewal? No? If you seek one, it is probably
the Orobouros- an image of a serpent eating its own tail. The symbolic
meaning is believed to have originated from the snake’s ability to shed
The Australian aborigines
believe that an enormous supernatural snake named Kurrichalpongo was the
“mother” of the world. When its eggs hatched, the mountains, trees and
animals were born.
The Norwegian thunder god
Thor had an enemy that lived in the sea. It was the Midgard serpent. According
to a Scandinavian myth, Thor managed to kill the serpent in a battle at
the end of the world; however, Thor lost his own life in the battle.
Maybe you do not know where
the symbol of the medical profession comes from? Well, it originates in
the Roman mythology. Once the god of war Mercury saw two battling snakes.
He reconciled them with his staff and the animals entwined around it. From
then on the picture of two snakes entwined around a staff is a symbol of
peace that is known as a caduceus. It now symbolizes the medical profession.
Did you know… In ancient
Greek mythology, many evil creatures were part snakes. Gazing upon the
serpent-haired Medusa would instantly turn a man into a stone.
The Nagas and their wives
the Nagins of Hindu legends were serpent gods that lived in underground
palaces filled with treasure. They possessed both good and evil qualities
and were believed to control the weather as well.
There was a Mexican symbol
that represented the totality of the world: heaven and earth. It was, in
fact, the serpent-god Quetzalcoatl who was half-bird, half-snake. He was
believed to have control over the forces of nature and was often perceived
as a symbol of life and civilization.
Did you know… Jews and Christians
believe that the snake was the Satan who tempted Adam and Eve to eat the
forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Eve committed
the sin and sentenced the whole mankind to expulsion from Paradise.