I did a lot of research on different animals and their symbolism as part of my AS Level Art project last year entitled 'People and Animals' and I thought it would be fun to share some of the stuff I learned. Here is Part 5: Snakes. Scroll to the end to get the links to the other parts!


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  • In India, the snake represents rebirth, death and mortality
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  • The Hopi tribe worshipped the rattle snake as the grandfather and king of snakes
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  • The African goddess Mami Wata is depicted as a woman with a snake
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  • Many MesoAmerican cultures saw a serpent as a portal between two worlds
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  • The snake is a symbol of the devil in Christianity
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  • Egyptians associated cobras with the god Ra and also harmful gods such as Apep and Set
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  • Snakes were associated with spirits of the deceased in Roman tribes, and some African tribes
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  • In Korean mythology, snake goddesses were deities of orchards, courts, and protect the home
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FILM: The Jungle Book
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SONG: Snake Eyes by Mumford and Sons

Snake Gallery

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