by Angus Sutherland
All over the world there are many
examples of ancient people worshipping the SERPENT. They were very
proud of it.
Many legends speak of, the “Serpent People”.
For instance there were
the Nagas, of India and
of South America, and even some of the Gods of the
Indus Valley, (which became the Hindu culture) - they were said to
take either human or reptilian shape at will. The Serpent People
were a very intelligent race.
Legends also say that these remarkable people retreated to the dens
of the Earth and created underground cities worldwide. It is said
they have continued to make appearances to humankind on occasions.
There are also many depictions of serpents in sacred site of
Teotihuacan in Mexico. The ancient
Maya’s Feathered Serpent god was Kulkulkan (Kukulkan).
There are serpent depictions all over Mesoamerica, Aztec, Toltec and
Mayan sites. There is strong evidence that the Aztecs, Mayas,
Toltecs, Incas and others worshipped the same god, known under
different names like Viracocha, Kukulcan (Kulkulkan), Gugumatz and
Quetzalcoatl and even other names not mentioned here. In
the “Codex Chimalpopoca”, the book of legends it is told that the
Aztecs worshipped the serpent god Quetzalcoatl, who lived
with the Indians 52 years and was their teacher.
His beautiful name is translated as “Serpent of precious features”,
“Plumed Serpent” or “Green-feathered Serpent”. He was tall, light
skinned, with blonde hair and beard. Sick people used to visit him
because he could cure blindness, skin diseases and eye ailment.
In “Codex Chimalpopoca” is
“And so greatly did they believe in
their priest Quatzalcoatl. and so greatly obedient and given to
the things of their god were they and so fearful of god all
believed in Quetzalcoatl when he left Tula...
(From: “Voices from
Legendary Times”, Ellen Lloyd)
The benevolent serpent-god
Quetzalcoatl is the plumed serpent-god who brought the benefits
for the Mexican civilization and taught the science of mathematics
and astronomy to man.
He learned humans useful arts and commanded
them to love and respect each other and dismiss violence.
Across the world in Old Mexico the Toltecs were raising great
temples in honor for their White God, who inspired them. People of
Mesoamerica believe Quetzalcoatl, the serpent god, will
return again to rule all the planets.
Quetzalcoatl, “the white God”
was known by the Chorotegans, who lived in what is now
Nicaragua and Northern Costa Rica as god Tamagastad. In the
the Popol Vuh was discovered by
Father Ximinez and established the indisputable philosophy of
the Mayans who worshipped the “One” God as an impersonal and
worshipped messenger of the Sun, Quetzalcoatl.
The Mayans are still waiting for the
return of Quetzalcoatl just as Hindus are awaiting the 10th
avatar of Vishnu and Christians are awaiting the return of
Jesus Christ. In North America, serpents are deep-rooted in the
native Indian cultures. The serpent symbol dominates the art of the
Hohokam Indians. Their site is the famous Snaketown, Arizona,
dating from 400 BC to AD 1200. We must also remember that an unknown
culture left an enormous serpent-shaped mound in Ohio.
The country of Haiti has many very old
legends related to the serpents. The native voodoo people
believe in a god Damballah Wedo and his image of the serpent.
Damballah Wedo is the Great Serpent, the Creator of
the Universe, Heavens and Earth.
As a voodoo Flood tradition says,
the Serpent let go the waters upon
the Earth, the Rainbow arose and the Serpent took the rainbow,
named Ayida Wedo, as his wife.
In Australia, the aboriginal people have
preserved many legends of the serpent in
their “Dreamtime” myths of the
creation of our planet. In central Australia there are ancient
drawings of the Rainbow Serpent. He created mountains, rivers
and people while traveling from the north coast.
The spacemen (ancient astronauts) who descended from the stars to
teach mankind were known to the ancient people as the dragons
or serpent people. Serpents were worshipped by the
Atlanteans. The serpent was a
symbol of divine wisdom. Later this worship turned into serpent
cults among native people all over the world.
Sarpa was the original Sanskrit term for a snake or
serpent, whereas naga, although likewise signifying a
snake or serpent.
In Buddhism, wisdom has always been related, symbolically, to the
figure of the Serpent. In the Western Tradition it can be found as
used by the Christ in the Gospel, according to Saint
“Behold, I send you forth as
sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents,
and harmless as doves.”
The East Indian pantheon is connected
with the Serpent Spirit and the Dragon Spirit. It has
an equivalency to the Burmese Nats, or god-serpents. In India
and Egypt, and even in Central and South America,
Naga stands for one who is wise. In China, the
Naga is given the form of the Dragon and has a direct association
with the Emperor and is known as the “Son of Heaven”.
The Chinese are even said to have
originated from the Serpent demi-gods and even to speak their
The serpent was worshiped in:
The snake/serpent is a symbol of
immortality and can be found on monuments, artifacts, large
and small. It means power, rebirth, wisdom, strength and protection.
Catholic Church has presented the
wrong image and meaning of this great symbol.
It can be worth considering… its immense significance and legacy on