As early as in ancient times, there has been the phenomenon of human worship of animals. They carried animal bones with them or used animals as tribal totems in the hope of protecting themselves and gaining power buffs. This is similar to the animal jewelry we wear today. Today, let's explore the symbolism of snake jewelry.
Worship of Snakes
In ancient times, due to the lack of knowledge of nature, humans worshiped plants, animals, gods and spirits. Of course, snakes, as a kind of mysterious animals, are naturally within the scope of worship. There are myths, legends, religious beliefs and totem worship related to snakes all over the world. Snakes have been regarded as magical animals in ancient times. The goddess Wadjet in ancient Egypt is a god symbolized by a cobra. Indians, Malaysians, and Africans also worshiped snakes, so we can see numerous designs and sculptures with snakes as the main form in different periods.
The Symbolism of Snake Jewelry
Desire & Temptation
In European culture, the snake is often a symbol of lust. Freud took the snake as a symbol of the male genitalia in "The Interpretation of Dreams", and the feathered snake is more frequent in the works of the famous writer Lawrence who wrote love scenes. The snake moves in a silent and unpredictable manner. This has similarities to the subconscious desires of humans that break through the blockade from time to time, which is why people often associate snakes with acts of seduction. The Christian Bible describes how the serpent tempted Adam and Eve, the first human beings, to eat the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and was expelled from paradise by God.
When Western artists throughout history have expressed the doctrine of "original sin" in the form of paintings, they have never forgotten the snake. In Greek mythology, Medusa was a beautiful siren with a head full of poisonous snakes, a fatal temptation that would instantly turn anyone who looked at her into stone. And this pendant just a side view can also make people swoon, but full of snake hair to remind you that this is a deadly woman.
Power & Wealth
In ancient Egypt, the snake was an animal that represented kingship, and all pharaohs had a cobra-shaped ornament in an attacking state on their head crowns. Pharaohs also always had a serpent entrenched in their walking stick, as reflected in a famous ivory engraving. The image of two snakes was carved on the scepter by the ambassadors of European countries in B.C. As a scepter for ambassadors in international communication, the snake became a symbol of state and authority again.
In both South Asia and South America, snakes are regarded as gods of water, creation and abundance. In Hindu mythology, the cobra-shaped "Naka" is the god of water, fertility and fertility. In the pantheon of the mysterious disappearance of the ancient Mayan civilization in South America, the main god "Kukulcán" is a rattlesnake. In this ring, for example, two snakes are coiled around a gemstone, which appears to be a treasure trove.
Witchcraft & Death & Rebirth
It was a common practice among ancient shamans to use the venom of snakes to prepare poisons and hallucinogens. Native warriors in the African jungle captured venomous snakes and dipped them in their venomous juices to make deadly weapons. In some peoples where witchcraft and sorcery were practiced, poisonous snakes were often used to aid in the casting of spells, and the deterrent effect could even transcend time and space to the person being cast. This pendant adds the element of snake to the pentagram according to the legend, which seems to be some magic in.
All legends aside, there is always a fear of snakes because the stereotype is that they are always evil, have deadly venom, and maybe you can't outrun them. This stainless steel snake ring is in the shape of the Cerastes, a venomous snake whose key feature is the pair of spiny horn scales that grow on each eye socket, and which famously killed Cleopatra.
The Ouroboros is a symbol handed down from ancient times. The image is of a snake (or dragon) devouring its own tail, resulting in a ring. The serpent in the symbol is biting and devouring its own tail, which is the spiritual manifestation of a cosmic cycle view: the reciprocation of construction and destruction, the alternation of life and death. From an ecological point of view, the big snake needs to eat its tail to survive, and its own tail brings it infinite food, which is another cycle pattern of eternal regeneration. He possesses supreme wisdom, symbolizing cycles and rebirth.
In ancient times, the ancestors worshipped snakes. Today, although the history has passed, the snake culture still exists. Designers added some elements of myths and legends to the design of snake jewelry, casting a mysterious veil on the jewelry and giving the wearer more choices. So what do you think of snake jewelry, please comment below.