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The Channeling of the Snake Goddess in TV and the Movies

Updated on May 15, 2017
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Irma Cowthern enjoys viewing old black and white movies and listening to jazz and classical music.

Snake Goddess Manasa (India)
Snake Goddess Manasa (India) | Source

The Civilizations of Old, Humanized the Totems, Myths, and Legends into Gods and Goddesses

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The Snake Goddess originates from the ancient world and has roots in prehistoric societies. Though the civilizations of old embraced the totems, myths, and legends of their paleolithic ancestors.They also humanized these dynamics into Gods and Goddesses along the way.

From time immemorial the Snake Goddess was viewed as clever, a huntress, treacherous, forceful, a protector, loving, an enchantress, a seductress, sexy, earthy, revengeful, frank, witty, wicked, wise, and evil - Wow what a bundle of personality traits. Nevertheless, she reflects the aforementioned characteristics and more.

Likewise the Goddess also symbolized rebirth, change, and the kundalini energy rising in the chakras. In her elongated form she is associated with phallic symbology. Which in turn represented virility, fertility, and sexuality.

Minoan artifacts depicting the Snake Goddess (Crete)
Minoan artifacts depicting the Snake Goddess (Crete)
An artifact statuette of the Snake Goddess Cihuacoatl emerging from a snake.
An artifact statuette of the Snake Goddess Cihuacoatl emerging from a snake.

The Snake Goddess was Worshiped All Over the Ancient World

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The Snake Goddess was worshiped all over the ancient world in tribute to motherhood and fertility.

She was also viewed as a protectress of one’s home, family, clan, or nation too.

In India she was called Nāgini, Kadru, and Manasa.

In Latin regions she was addressed as Cihuacoatl.

In Egypt she was recognized as Wadjet.

And in China she was referred to as Madame White Snake (a legend) in some locales.

Although the horrible giant Medusa in Greece was not a Snake Goddess. Her hair was made of writhing venomous snakes. Signaling the violent and deadly side of the Snake Goddess.

The Channeling of the Snake Goddess in Modern Times

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In modern times the Snake Goddess emerges across the TV screen and in movies as the streetwise police officer - Harlee Santos and Olivia Benson; the action heroine - Supergirl and Ellen Ripley; the working class mom with true grit - Roseanne Conner and Harriet Winslow; the focused lawyer - Annalise Keating and Abbie Carmichael; the kindhearted nurse - Carol Hathaway and Consuelo Lopez; or the femme fatale. Also her presence abounds in the music world.

Speaking of the television cosmos, my favorites Morticia A. Addams the matriarch of the Addams Family, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, and Vampira, a horror movie hostess, channel the Snake Goddess as well. Besides dripping in Goth, these ladies show her playful, sexy, and eccentric sides.

And on a subconscious level their snug and revealing black dresses reminds one of the slick, clinging, and flawless skin that boxes in the Goddess' elongated silhouette.

Morticia Adams played by Carolyn Jones. Vampira played by Maila Nurmi. And Elvira played by Casandra Peterson.

Thandie Newton starred as Dame Vaako in the Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
Thandie Newton starred as Dame Vaako in the Chronicles of Riddick (2004) | Source

The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)

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While Dame Vaako the wife of Necromonger Empire commander Lord Siberius Vaako in Vin Diesel's apocalyptic action movie, The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), exhibits the calculating, plotting, ruthless, and treacherous side of the Snake Goddess.

The relentless Dame Vaako desires a higher status in the Necromonger Empire and of course more power.

Consequently, she prods Lord Vaako to assassinate Lord Marshal Zhylaw, the head honcho. However, Richard Riddick, the main character, spoils her plans.

Cult of the Cobra Movie Trailer

Faith Domergue played Lisa Moya
Faith Domergue played Lisa Moya

The Cult of the Cobra Movie (1955)

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A dancer posing as the Cobra Goddess exits a large basket and slithers along the floor of the temple, stalking, and attacking an enemy of the Lamians. Afterwards she slithers back into the basket.

The scene mirrors the subsequent deaths of the disguised US servicemen attending the secret ceremony. One of the servicemen unwittingly snaps a photograph of the dancer with a flash bulb camera. Chaos ensues and the servicemen are discovered. They make a hasty retreat from the temple. However, not quick enough to avoid a high priest’s curse of death. Indicating the Cobra Goddess would avenge herself.

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Faith Domergue stars as the shift shaping from human to cobra - Lisa Moya. Who embodies the beauty, intelligence, and cunning of the Snake Goddess. She treks to New York where the former servicemen reside. The attractive, but somewhat distant Lisa cleverly weaves her way through the clubby group of men.

Eventually her true identity is uncovered and she succumbs tragically. There are two incredible scenes in this movie: 1) When Lisa Moya confronts Julia Thompson (Kathleen Hughes) in the kitchen of Paul and Tom's apartment, and 2) Tom Markel's (Marshall Thompson) stinging realization that Lisa Moya is the cobra that he just killed.

Who is Your All Time Favorite Female TV/Movie Character or Entertainer that Channels the Snake Goddess to Perfection?

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I have shared some of my favorite television and movie characters that remind me of the Snake Goddess. However, Tina Turner is at the top of my list for channeling her to perfection. As she wears the Crown of Wisdom.The Golden Belt of Life encircles her waist. And an aura of peace envelops her.

Why not share the name of your favorite female TV/movie character or entertainer that channels the Snake Goddess in the comment section.

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Churchward, Albert, M.D., M.R.C.P. The Origin and Evolution of Religion. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd.

© 2017 Irma Cowthern


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    • ponder profile imageAUTHOR

      Irma Cowthern 

      18 months ago from Los Angeles,CA

      Hi Noni,

      I'm glad you enjoyed the article. Many thanks for commenting.

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      Noni Olabisi 

      18 months ago

      Very Interesting research ..... Tina Turner for me , is a thumbs up every time............

    • ponder profile imageAUTHOR

      Irma Cowthern 

      19 months ago from Los Angeles,CA

      Hi Larry!

      Thanks - I'm glad you enjoyed the piece.

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      Larry Rankin 

      19 months ago from Oklahoma

      Great analysis.


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