and every religion on earth from ancient times to modern. Every
culture from Ancient Egypt to modern Native American cultures has revered snakes
as beings of power. Since a snake sheds it skin, they have historically been
seen as symbols of regeneration, rebirth or transformation. Ancient Celts used
the snake as a symbol of secret knowledge. Snakes have been a symbol of
fertility (most ancient cultures), of guardianship (Hinduism, Buddhism, ancient
Cambodia) and of luck in battle (Norse). The Hopi have Awanyu, the Aztecs and
Maya have Quetzalcoatl (two snake Gods) and the Minoans had a snake Goddess.
They were carried down through the ages as symbols of wisdom. Asclepius, the god
of medicine and healing, carried a staph with a snake coiled around it. That
symbol has found its way into our modern symbol of medicine. And let’s not
forget one of the most powerful symbols, the ouroboros (a snake biting its own
tail) as a symbol of eternity.
no wonder! You’re not alone. Snakes have been popular articles of jewelry
from ancient Greek and Roman times. This double snake bracelet forming a
Hercules Knot in the center (a symbol of strength) was sold at Christie’s. It is
from the 5th Century.