as is the case with modern brass/wind instruments. If, for example, the Biblical story of Adam and Eve jumps to your mind, you’re thinking along the right lines. [12:9, 20:2] This serpent is depicted as a red seven-headed dragon having ten horns, each housed with a diadem. Medusa and the other Gorgons were vicious female monsters with sharp fangs and hair of living, venomous snakes whose origins predate the written myths of Greece and who were the protectors of the most ancient ritual secrets. Chemistry and medicines linked the rod of Hermes with the staff of the healer Asclepius, which was wound with a serpent; it was conflated with Mercury's rod, and the modern medical symbol—which should simply be the rod of Asclepius—often became Mercury's wand of commerce. Quetzalcoatl's father was Mixcoatl ("Cloud Serpent"). The Gadsden flag of the American Revolution depicts a rattlesnake coiled up and poised to strike. Jesus exhorted them, "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves" (Matthew 10:16). The serpent Hydra is a star constellation representing either the serpent thrown angrily into the sky by Apollo or the Lernaean Hydra as defeated by Heracles for one of his Twelve Labors. Snakes were also used to represent the evil side of drugs in such films as Narcotic[36] and Narcotics: Pit of Despair. required vibration with his lips, forcing the instrument to go along even On Hermes' caduceus, the snakes were not merely duplicated for symmetry, they were paired opposites. The point of our Lord's recommendation is in the union of two very different characteristics. Similarly Níðhöggr (Nidhogg Nagar), the dragon of Norse mythology, eats from the roots of the Yggdrasil, the World Tree. A snake's internal organ have been shrunken, stacked on top of one another and ingeniously engineered to fit in their body. In Dahomey mythology of Benin in West Africa, the serpent that supports everything on its many coils was named Dan. This leads to war between the "spirits of the air" and the Nagas: Nagas amok are rivers in spate, and the entire region is flooded. Magic amulets or charms were used in the ancient Near East[25] to practice a healing ritual known as sympathetic magic in an attempt to ward off, heal or reduce the impact of illness and poisons. An origin myth explains the emergence of the name "Cambodia" as resulting from conquest of a naga princess by a Kambuja lord named Kaundinya: the descendants of their union are the Khmer people. Most of the depictions of snakes are similar, with a consistent dotted decoration applied to them. There are a number of other translations of the term, usually emphasizing a more serpentine nature to the word—e.g. Hezekiah referred to it as Nehushtan[28] and had torn it down. more successful applications it need not be played loudly. center quite well, namely C's and G's on the Serpent in C (Serpents are the player is 'forcing' many of the pitches, he must not confuse this with [16], Snake cults were well established in Canaanite religion in the Bronze Age, for archaeologists have uncovered serpent cult objects in Bronze Age strata at several pre-Israelite cities in Canaan: two at Megiddo,[17] one at Gezer,[18] one in the sanctum sanctorum of the Area H temple at Hazor,[19] and two at Shechem. She often was confused with (and later was absorbed by) their primal snake goddess Wadjet, the Egyptian cobra, who from the earliest of records was the patron and protector of the country, all other deities, and the pharaohs. In many parts of Africa the serpent is looked upon as the incarnation of deceased relatives. "[32] He cuts off before verse 13, "Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon (tanniyn)[33] shalt thou trample under feet. Serpents figured prominently in archaic Greek myths. The serpent is first mentioned in connection with the history of the temptation and fall of our first parents . Ningizzida was the ancestor of Gilgamesh, who, according to the epic, dived to the bottom of the waters to retrieve the plant of life. Serpents are represented as potent guardians of temples and other sacred spaces. The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: Expansions of the "Old ... James H. Charlesworth - 1985 "He seeks to destroy men's souls (Vita 17:1) by disguising himself as an angel of light (Vita 9:1, 3; 12:1; ApMos 17:1) to put into men "his evil poison, which is his covetousness" (epithymia, ...", "Storytelling, the Meaning of Life, and The Epic of Gilgamesh", "Meanings of Mathematical Symbols and Scientific Icons", http://biblehub.com/commentaries/kad/exodus/4.htm, The Creation of the World and Other Business, Doraemon: Nobita's Diary on the Creation of the World, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Serpents_in_the_Bible&oldid=985902301, Articles containing Ancient Greek (to 1453)-language text, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 28 October 2020, at 16:54.