ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Arm Jewelry: Snake Bracelets

Updated on July 14, 2013


Long, lean, stealthy and dangerous - the snake inspires admiration in some, fear and loathing in others but either way has been a source of human fascination for thousands of years. For reasons which are largely mysterious, the cold-blooded, slithering snake maintains a deep-rooted, symbolic position withing the human psyche.

In Western cultures, snakes have traditionally signalled mistrust. To speak with a 'forked-tongue' s to be duplicitous to 'act like a snake' is to be sly and untrustworthy. In the Garden of Eden, it was the snake-like serpent that whispered evil temptations into Eve's ear, leading to the fall of mankind and expulsion from Paradise.

To the Chinese however, the snake symbolises wisdom, transformation and philosophy and to the Hindu's the snake is a divine being to be worshipped. The snake it seems, is a creature of many memes and meanings...

Freudian Take on the Snake

Sigmond Freud posited that the snake is a symbol of sexual desire and in particular, a phallic representation. In his famous work, The Interpretation of Dreams, Freud suggests that dreams are really 'wish fulfillments' in disguise.That is, while our conscious minds may not reveal the secret desires of our unruly libido, through the symbolism of dreams, we may find the keys to unlocking the secrets of our deepest conflicts and wishes.

Freud singled out snakes as the most important of male sexual representations. As a common dream motif, he believed the snake was most likely an expression of emotional passion/sexual desire. The snake could relate to male energy in general, a particular male or how you experience your own sexuality.

Dangerous breast - Vivian Leigh as Cleopatra
Dangerous breast - Vivian Leigh as Cleopatra

Egyptian Revival

At various times in history, the distinctive designs and cultural icons of ancient Egypt have resurfaced many times as a design trends and even today, their powerful symbolism continues to resonate.. in the 1800s, there was a strong fixation with all thing Egyptian, to the extent that, for those who had the means, it even became desirable to have a real mummy in your drawing room.

In the early 20th century Art Deco designers also looked back to faraway ancient Egypt for inspiration - elaborate, snake-arm bracelets were very popular during this era.

The snake featured highly in Egyptian culture. It was seen as a powerful force and its image appeared frequently in amulets, clothing, paintings and jewelry. The snake Goddess Renenutet was a protectoress who guarded the King, the farmer's harvest and children. Renenutet's son, Nepri became personification of the corn.

The cult of the snake Goddess managed to survive the advent and subsequent rise of Christianity. Renamed Thermuthis by the ancient Greeks, surviving Greco-Roman terracottas depict her as woman with a snakes head.

Renenutet and Nepret as cobras, with Hu on the right
Renenutet and Nepret as cobras, with Hu on the right

The Year of the Snake

The wise, 'philosphical' snake is the sixth animal symbol on the ancient Chinese Horoscope. Here the snake represents ambition and wisdom:

The person born in the year of snake is the wisest and most enigmatic of all. He/she can become a philosopher, a theologian, a political lizard or a wily financier. Such person is a thinker who also likes to live well. The snake - person loves books, music, clothes, and fine food; but with all his fondness for the good things of life, his innate elegance gives him a dislike for frivolities and foolish talk.

Source: Chinese Zodiac

According to ancient Chinese wisdom, a snake in the house is an omen of good fortune, signifying that the family will not face starvation. In Chinese culture, the snake also has a close association with the dragon, the traditional symbol of the nation. It is believed by many, a large snake, which eventually morphed into a 'dragon', was at the beginning of the many myths, stories and legends that had been passed down through the ages in China.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)