Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | December 25, 2008

3. Snake Idols 

Buddha-Snake idol

Snake idols are ubiquitous throughout Cambodia in streets, homes, and temples. Stone containers of human remains in temples are believed to be remnants from human sacrifices in snake worship.

India, sometimes called the land of snakes, has temples dedicated to cobras—considered to be divine. Snakes figure prominently in Hindu myths, and Hindu gods are frequently depicted adorned with snakes. People worship snakes during the Hindu festival Nag Panchami.

Buddha’s best friend was supposedly a snake that shielded him from sun and storms. Buddhist legends say Buddha got his deep understanding from the king of the serpents. The Buddha in the picture is at Buddhist Temple Duc Vien in the Little Saigon district of San Jose, California.

Cobra frieze from Saqqara, Egypt


 
The snake was one of Egypt’s gods, and Pharaoh’s crown sported a cobra. The Cobra was emblematic of royalty for Egyptians. Egyptians worshipped the cobra as the fire-spitting goddess of destruction called Wadjet or Edjo.

Medusa (with snakes instead of hair) and Hydra (the nine-headed serpent Hercules killed) are examples of the significance of snakes in Greek mythology.

The Snake is part of Chinese astrology which “divines” the future and personality traits from the Chinese zodiac. Supposed characteristics of people born in a Year of the Snake include ambitious, graceful, shrewd, hedonistic, mendacious. The next Chinese Year of the Snake is 2013.

The next blog post will continue this topic.

©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
Thursday December 25, 2008 A.D.

For the LORD gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
(Proverbs 2:6)

 
 

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