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SNAKE STORIES AND MYTHS
All through history snakes have been both good and evil. Here are some historic examples:
In the Christian bible, the story of Adam and Eve being tempted by the evil snake. It was the snake (Satan) the tempted Eve with an apple and caused them to be kicked out of the beautiful Garden of Eden. Also in the Bible, Moses, who went to Egypt to convince the Pharaoh to release the Hebrew slaves, turned his staff (walking stick) into a snake to prove God’s power.
The Ancient Aztecs worshipped the snake. Quetzalcoatl was the “plumed serpent” and was considered the “Master of Life”.
Some African Cultures worshipped rock Pythons and killing a python was a very serious crime.
Aborigines in Australia believed that a giant rainbow serpent was the creator of life.
Some common snake myths:
A Greek writer named Aesop wrote many stories called fables. Fables are stories that are told in order to teach a lesson. They aren’t necessarily true. Aesop wrote the following stories about snakes. The moral, or lesson, of the story is at the end.
The next page offers some examples.