Snake Worship, The Oldest Religion On Earth

Snake Worship, The Oldest Religion On Earth. The snake has been variously adored as a regenerative power, as a god of evil, as a god of good, as Christ (by the Gnostics and other religious sects), as a phallic deity, as a solar deity, and as a god of death. It has also served as the symbol of Satan and many deities, including Apollo and the Egyptian god Ra. Snake worship found expression in both the Toltec and Aztec periods of prehistoric Mexican civilization. In Aztec mythology a half-divine, half-human being descended to earth for a while as the great teacher of mankind; the Aztecs called him the “feathered serpent,” the incarnation of the serpent sun. In Egypt, according to one authority, each temple had a reserved area where snakes were kept. In Greek religion the snake was frequently considered divine.

Among the Greek Dionysian cults it signified wisdom and was a symbol of fertility. The Greek god most closely associated with snake worship is Apollo; the original name of Apollo's temple at Delphi was Pytho, after the snake Python. In Rome during the period of the empire, a sacred snake was kept within the city and was attended by the vestal virgins; it was believed that if the snake refused to accept food from the hand of one of its attendants, the attendant was no longer a virgin, and she was promptly killed. The ancient Mesopotamia's and Semites believed that the snake was immortal because it shed its skin and appeared in a fresh guise. The Indians, Burmese, and Siamese worshiped the snake as a demon who also had good aspects. Primitive Hindu snake cults were incorporated into the worship of Krishna and eventually into the worship of Vishnu. Buddhist legends relate that Buddha was given the true Buddhism by the “king of the serpents” (often seen as the cobra), and Buddhists also revere the regenerative powers the snake exhibits. In China the serpent, in the form of the dragon, figures as a fierce but protective divinity. Snake charming, not to be confused with snake worship, is the art of fascinating, capturing, and controlling serpents.Read more: snake worship — Infoplease.com |  http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/society/A0845683.html#ixzz198uNMBaL

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One Snake or Two: The Symbols of Medicine (The American Surgeon)

Women's songs from Badami in Karnataka, South India (Indian Musicological Society. Journal of the Indian Musicological Society)

Paradise reconsidered in Gnostic mythmaking; rethinking Sethianism in light of the Ophite evidence.(Nag Hammadi and Manichaean studies)(Brief article)(Book review) (Reference & Research Book News)

Taking Up Serpents: Snake Handlers of Eastern Kentucky. (The Mississippi Quarterly)

The Butterfly Effect (The Village Voice)

Make room for diverse beliefs. (diversity in religion)(includes related article on flexibility in human resource management) (HRMagazine)

Them That Believe: The Power and Meaning of the Christian Serpent-Handling Tradition.(Book review) (Journal of Southern History)

TOGA:NDRA NAME KA:PPA:TTANO: MAY THE GODS PROTECT US A CONTRIBUTION TO NILGIRI RELIGIOUS INFRASTRUCTURE. (The Journal of the American Oriental Society)

Part 1: complete case summaries in alphabetical order.(Case overview) (Detentions and Corrections Caselaw Quarterly)

How to find a “total bible church” (New Oxford Review)

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