Statistical polls about people’s preferences show that the snake is an extremely unpopular animal. She was recognized the most a less sympathetic creature, the maximum number of respondents is 27%. 9.5% spoke out against the second-place spider respondents. With the hatred that people have for snakes It cannot but amaze that reptiles were a sacred symbol of many ancient civilizations. Photos from open sources Why such dislike? Dislike for the reptiles of Christians is probably understandable: after all, the Lord cursed the snake-tempter who persuaded Eve to taste the forbidden fruit with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that had for the human race fatal consequences. This curse was recorded in the Bible, on which brought up many, many people, which also had fatal consequences, but for the snake family. However, a number of scientists believe that aversion to snakes lies rather in human psychology than in various beliefs. And caused by the complete absence of snakes anthropomorphic features. The worst enemy is called a snake submarine, poisonous or creeping reptile, viper and so on. AND nevertheless … Wherever you look – snakes! In Iraq – Ancient cradle of civilization – near the city of Sheikh Adi there is a temple Yezidis, where the image of a snake flaunts on the door. Here a pilgrimage center for thousands of Yazidi nomads settled. After all Jesuits consider snakes the most powerful force in the world – carriers both good and evil. Aborigines of Australia keep legends about snakes in their “dream myths”, which tells about the creation of the world. IN central Australia and now you can find images the great goddess – the Snake-Rainbow, which many centuries ago crawled from north coast, along the way creating rivers, mountains and people. Residents East to snakes a special relationship. In Tibet, for example, the sacred trumpets of monks are decorated with images of reptiles, and in Nepal, in the area called Budanilcant, there is a mysterious statue the god Vishnu sleeping in a pool on a bed of snakes. Ancient egyptians considered a snake a sacred animal. The images of a couple have reached us. snakes crowned by two royal crowns – Upper and Lower Of Egypt. Pharaohs were often depicted with a snake in their foreheads, and one of sacred symbols was the image of two snakes on the background of the disk, supposedly sunny. Photo from open sources Equally honored the snake also enjoyed in the neighboring country of Kush. Kushite kings and queens were usually depicted crowned crowns with the emblem of kings – cobra. Potters made pottery, which was decorated with a symbol – a winged snake. Aztec myths describe creation scenes man a feathered serpent Quetzalcoatl, whom he helped Female snake chihuacoatl. In the ancient Aztec capital Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City) sacred places are decorated with the heads of feathered snakes, and the entrance to the temple of Quetzalcoatl is guarded by a stone giant snake head with open mouth. Such images of Aztec snakes prevail in many other sacred places, for example, in Teotihu Akane in Mexico. The ancient Mayans also worshiped the feathered the snake called Cucuclan. Across Central America in Aztec, Mayan, Toltec settlements find drawings in which captured reptiles. In India, there is still a cult of the nagas – powerful creatures with a snake body and one or more human heads. In the Indian sources, the naga are called “divine snakes”, they are devoted to an extensive cycle of myths in the first book of the Mahabharata. A large number are associated with the naga root Indian place names. Downstairs Listing ancient serpent gods that our ancestors worshiped in various parts of the globe, you can continue, but without that it is clear that neither one creature did not attract more people’s attention than snakes. Barely whether all these snake cults arose independently of each other, rather of all, they have a single source. According to one version, snake gods were worshiped by the inhabitants of the disappeared Atlantis, according to to others, aliens have chosen it as their symbol … But why ancient deities turned down from the pedestal and betrayed a curse? On flags, emblems and coins Trample the snake a good tradition – remember at least the Bronze Horseman, whose mighty the horse has been pushing the bronze reptile for the third century. But the horse is private case: the snake is torn, trampled and crushed by all and sundry. Most often eagle, falcon, hawk – depending on what predatory bird found in one or another part of the world. Recall the famous sculpture “Eagle with a snake” in the Caucasian Mineral Waters … Personal coat of arms Turkmenbashi on Turkmen coin: five-headed eagle holds in its paws two-headed snake-pull. State emblem of modern Mexico – an eagle tearing a snake apart. In San Agustino, in Central Colombia, the largest statue represents a bird, which pecks the snake. Badge of the Special Manchu Detachment, established ataman G.M. Semenov, was copper silver a two-headed eagle without crowns holding a snake in its paws. Where from did this symbolism come from? Ivan III Vasilievich (1462-1505) inherited from his father, the great Moscow prince Vasily II Vasilyevich (1425-1462), seal (octagonal gem), on which depicts a lion tormenting a snake. Snake reprisals often found in Russian princely emblems, for example, on coins The Suzdal-Nizhny Novgorod principality is tormented by a griffin, and on coins of the Vereisk prince Mikhail Andreyevich – an eagle. Of course, this can be explained by the Christian tradition, a reference to St. George, struck with a spear either a dragon or a snake. However on Elid coins (Elis is a region in the northwest of the Peloponnese), too minted eagle tormenting a snake. In the Scythian fine the art of the “animal style” the focal point is a falcon with a reptile in its beak. In the Egyptian myths of Horus, a deity in the form of a falcon, either as a man with the head of a falcon fighting Seth and conquering him. Moreover, in some myths, Seth is identified with the evil serpent Apophis. On the famous frieze of the Pergamon Altar The battle of the gods with the serpent giants is depicted. One of the feats Hercules had a victory over the Lernean hydra, and Perseus over the serpent-haired Medusa Gorgon. In the Vedic tradition, the eagle is known as a divine messenger, and he is often portrayed as a bird Garuda attacking a snake. In the Aztec legend of the war of the gods, Huitzilopochtli and his supporters defeated Quetzalcoatl. “Feathered snake “left Central America, sailed with a group of his adherents to the Yucatan on a “reptile raft.” Then in the new the Aztec capital Enochtitlan were erected two majestic statues guarding the Temple of the Eagles. They portray terrible human birds whose evil faces peek out from under their beaks giant eagles. In addition to them, archaeologists have discovered many images of flying gods – terrifying new rulers of the world. Орел одолел змея Фото из открытых источников Из-за чего началась войнаbetween the gods in which people took part both on the side “snake” and on the side of the “eagles”? There are different versions, but neither one of them does not look convincing enough. However it was, the new gods won everywhere! It remains to be reminded of Quetzalcoatl, who myths claim brought to Mexico written language and calendar, discovered the secrets of healing, stone masonry, mathematics, metallurgy and astronomy. He taught people to grow corn, and he was revered. “Feathered Serpent” banned human sacrifices, and when after his departure bloody the ritual was revived, people longingly remembered its times board. Over time, Quetzalcoatl and other serpent gods were betrayed oblivion, because the winners write the story.
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