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The Worship And Spiritual Reverence Of Snakes As Seen Through The Lens Of 2 Documentaries: 1) COBRA - THE SNAKE GOD: The Worship Of The Cobra Throughout The Subcontinent Of India (Color, 1979, 45 Minutes), And 2) THE CRESTED SERPENT - A MISSING LINK: A Search For The Real And Spiritual Crested Serpent Of African Myth Through The Villages And Jungles Of The Transvaal Of South Africa To The Swahili Coast of Mozambique (Color, 1988, 45 Minutes), Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! #SacredSerpents #SnakeWorship #Serpents #Cobras #CrestedSerpent #IndianReligions #AfricanReligions #TraditionalAfricanReligions #Religion #Religions #WorldReligions #History #WorldHistory #HistoryOfTheWorld #DVD #VideoDownload #USBFlashDrive
Snake Worship is devotion to serpent deities. The tradition is present in a large number ancient cultures, particularly in religion and mythology, where snakes were seen as the holders of knowledge, strength, and renewal. Across religions and cultures, the serpent has been used as a symbol of evil, angels (both celestial and fallen), medicine, fertility, and more.
Snake Worship: India: Snakes (Nagas) have high status in Hindu mythology. Naga is the Sanskrit and Pali word for a deity or class of entity or being, taking the form of a very large snake, found in Hinduism and Buddhism. The use of the term naga is often ambiguous, as the word may also refer, in similar contexts, to one of several human tribes known as or nicknamed Nagas; to elephants; and to ordinary snakes, particularly the Ophiophagus hannah, the Ptyas mucosa and the Naja naja, the latter of which is still called nag in Hindi and other languages of India. A female naga is a nagin. The snake primarily represents rebirth, death and mortality, due to its casting of its skin and being symbolically "reborn". Over a large part of India there are carved representations of cobras or nagas or stones as substitutes. To these human food and flowers are offered and lights are burned before the shrines. Among some Indians, a cobra which is accidentally killed is burned like a human being; no one would kill one intentionally. The serpent-god's image is carried in an annual procession by a celibate priestess. At one time there were many prevalent different renditions of the serpent cult located in India. In Northern India, a masculine version of the serpent named Rivaan and known as the "king of the serpents" was worshipped. Instead of the "king of the serpents", actual live snakes were worshipped in Southern India. The Manasa-cult in Bengal, India, however, was dedicated to the anthropomorphic serpent goddess, Manasa. Nagas form an important part of Hindu mythology. They play prominent roles in various legends:
Snake Worship: Africa: In Africa, one centre of serpent worship was Kingdom of Dahomey (in present-day Benin), but the cult of this python seems to have been of exotic origin, introduced c. 1725 from the Kingdom of Whydah through around the time of its conquest by the Dahomeyans. This is the cult of the serpent deity called the Danh-gbi or Dangbe, which was a benefactor-god of wisdom and bliss, "associated with trees and the ocean". At Whydah, the chief centre, there is a serpent temple, tenanted by some fifty snakes. A killing of a python, even by accident, was punishable by death, but by the 19th century this was replaced by a fine. Danh-gbi has numerous wives, who until 1857 took part in a public procession from which the profane crowd was excluded; and those who peeked were punishable by death. A python was carried round the town in a hammock, perhaps as a ceremony for the expulsion of evils.