Mankind has recognized, worshiped snake as God from the beginning of his existence for Fertility, Immortality, and Creation. For the ‘Modern World', it might sound as a story or a fairy tale.
I chose this topic today, 6th August 2008, because it coincides with the annual festival of ‘Naga Panchami' celebrated in India. ‘Naga' means King Cobra, ‘Panchami' means the fifth day of the fortnight. King Cobra, the king of snakes, symbolizes our relation with eternal circle of life & death. We pray for protection from all wildernesses around.
Fertility: In North America, the Hopi community performed an annual snake dance to celebrate the union of Snake Youth (a Sky spirit) and Snake Girl (an Underworld spirit) and to renew fertility of nature. During the dance, live snakes were handled and at the end of the dance the snakes were released into the fields to guarantee good crops.
Immortality: Snakes were observed biting their tails to form a circle and when they coiled they formed spirals. Both circle & spirals were seen as symbol of eternity. The circle was important to Dahomeyan myth where the snake-god Danh circled the world like a belt, preventing it from flying apart in splinters.
Creation: In ancient Indian myth, the drought-serpent Ahi swallowed the primordial ocean and did not release all created beings until Indra (the creator of the universe) spilt the serpent's stomach with a thunderbolt. The ancient Greek myth tells of how Ophion the snake incubated the primordial egg from which all created things were born. In Egyptian myth, the state of existence before creation was symbolized as Amduat, a many coiled serpent from which Ra the Sun and all of creation arose, returning each night and being reborn every morning.
Japanese & Chinese myths usually include snakes in them. There are many stories of women turning into snakes. Women & snakes are closely connected. Remember the picture ‘The golden child' ( Eddy Murphy stars)!!!
In India, on 'Naga Panchami' day, The charmer brings live Cobra for people to worship. After 2 days, the Charmer leaves the snake in the jungle FREE !!
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