Teaching Dark Lord

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Thu May 16 09:11:03 EDT 2002


--- Michelle Thomas
<michellet at thecreativepartnership.co.uk> wrote:
> On 16/5/02 5:07 am, "rohina at shaw.ca"
> <rohina at shaw.ca> wrote:
> 
> 
> >> 2.  Yes, but _why_ are snakes associated with
> evil in these
> >> contexts?  What is
> >> it about snakes that thay have wriggled their way
> into the evil
> >> imagery of so
>> many traditions?  (This is a serious question
> that I couldn't
> >> begin to answer!)
> > 
> > There is a simplistic start of an answer in the
> idea that a lot of
> > ancient native and pagan religions revered snakes
> and/or snake
> > god/esses. Subsequent religions then turned that
> worship of old gods
> > into something evil. Eg St Patrick getting rid of
> the snakes out of
> > Ireland = druids.
> > 
> > But I also think that in that tradition that
> revered snakes, there was
> > a healthy dose of fear. Some Australian Koorie
> traditions have a snake
> > deity (Rainbow Serpent, I think? I have a friend
> who knows a lot about
> > this tradition and she has a spiritual affinity
> with snakes), and
> > Australia has a lot of pretty dangerous snakes -
> it makes sense to fear
> > them.
> > 
> In response to thoughts about snakes and their
> associations with evil in
> Judeo-Christian traditions, the good people of the
> Old Testament were desert
> dwelling pastoral nomads who not unnaturally saw
> snakes as a threat and a
> danger to themselves and their animals. 


I'd always thought that fear of snakes was
evolutionary baggage we'd inherited from our monkey
anscestors, but it may be even older, see

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2001/10/1004_snakefears.html

Jon Noble





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