The Goddess and the Serpent (Video)

From the Python Cave of Botzwana, Africa, 70. 000 years ago we look at several ancient cultures in which the Snake Goddess was a central figure in myth and ritual: Old Europe (approx.7500 -- 3000 BC), Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Bronze Age Minoan Crete, Bronze Age Scandinavia, the Greek-Roman Empire, India from the Indus Valley until today, Viking Age Scandinavia, Mexico, and back to the Mami Wata of contemporary Africa…

Part Two of the “Ancient Symbology of the Goddess Worldwide”, a LadyoftheLabyrinth series (there will be more, so please suscribe for updates).

The space I have given (and not given) to certain cultures reflect only the limits of my knowledge and not in any way the importance of the snake goddess in these cultures compared to each other. I have omitted that which I know too little about and given extra room for that which I know more about, like the Scandinavian and Minoan cultures. I dont mind if you want to add information in comments but please bear with me here… :)

ADDED INFORMATION: In the Stone Age Megalithic Temple Culture on Malta, the famous “Sleeping Goddess” was found in a burial pit surrounded by the skeletons of serpents. The serpents had been coiled around the figurine before it was placed in the pit within the underground temple that served as an oracular temple as well as a tomb. The sleeping goddess herself may have been an image of the incubated oracle priestess, the serpent having a long-standing traditional connection with oracles all over the ancient world. It is interesting that these oracles are also associated with caves (the underworld, the womb of Earth, the world of the dead) worldwide, since the oldest evidence for a sacred serpent is situated in a cave 70 000 years ago…

The serpent has in almost all these cultures been associated with the World Tree (and with the stellar Milky Way!), and also with the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Immortality. It was coiled around the Tree of Life in old Sumer, lies waiting at the roots of Yggdrasil the Old Norse World Tree in the company of the three norns (goddesses of fate and esoteric knowledge) or with the goddess Hel, and it was coiled around the Tree that bears the Golden Apples of Immortality in the Garden of the Hesperides (the three nymphs of the evening), and so forth and so on…

In many cultures, the serpent IS a symbol of the Universe or the Milky Way.

The snake is also a symbol of power, mostly magical power although used also in connection to kingship. The most famous image of such serpentine power is the Kundalini, the energetic movement of Shakti (which means both power, energy and Goddess) through the being. Waking the Kundalini serpent is equalled to waking the Power of the Goddess, which leads to Enlightenment. The wielding of serpents has been an important symbol of religious authority and magical power in women in many cultures across the globe.

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