Kill the snake of doubt in your soul, crush the worms of fear in your heart

and mountains will move out of your way.

~ Kate Seredy

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The snake is one of the 12 celestial animals of Chinese Zodiac, in the Chinese calendar.

The English word snake comes from Old English snaca  – “to crawl”, “to creep”.  

The other term, serpent, is from French, which also gave the meaning of  “I crawl”.

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The fossil record of snakes is relatively poor because snake skeletons are typically small and fragile, making fossilization uncommon.

An early fossil snake, Najash rionegrina, was a two-legged burrowing animal with a sacrum, and was fully terrestrial.

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Based on comparative anatomy, there is consensus that snakes descended from lizards. An alternative hypothesis, based on morphology, suggests the ancestors of snakes were related to mosasaurs.

The origin of snakes remains an unresolved issue.

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In Greek mythology snakes are often associated with deadly and dangerous antagonists, but this is not to say that snakes are symbolic of evil.

In fact, snakes are a chthonic symbol, roughly translated as ‘earthbound’.

However, more commonly in Christianity, the serpent has been seen as a representative of evil and sly plotting.

In Christianity and Judaism, the snake makes its infamous appearance in the first book (Genesis 3:1) of the Bible when a serpent appears before the first couple Adam and Eve and tempts them with the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge.

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In India there is a mythology about snakes. Commonly known in Hindi as “Ichchhadhari” snakes.

Such snakes can take the form of any living creature, but prefer human form.

These mythical snakes possess a valuable gem called “Mani”, which is more brilliant than diamond. There are many stories in India about greedy people trying to possess this gem and ending up getting killed.

Many ancient Peruvian cultures worshipped nature. They emphasized animals and often depicted snakes in their art.

In some parts of the world, especially in India, snake charming is a roadside show performed by a charmer.

Snakes lack external ears, though they do have internal ears, and respond to the movement of the flute, not the actual noise.

Snakes do not ordinarily prey on humans. Unless startled or injured, most snakes prefer to avoid contact and will not attack humans. Documented deaths resulting from snake bites are uncommon.

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While not commonly thought of as food in most cultures, in some cultures, the consumption of snakes is acceptable, or even considered a delicacy, prized for its alleged pharmaceutical effect of warming the heart.

Western cultures document the consumption of snakes under extreme circumstances of hunger.

Cooked rattlesnake meat is an exception, which is commonly consumed in parts of the Midwestern United States.

In some Asian countries, the use of snakes in alcohol is also accepted. In such cases, the body of a snake or several snakes is left to steep in a jar or container of liquor.

It is claimed that this makes the liquor stronger (as well as more expensive).

Extracted from Wikipedia, read more at:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snake

Boss: Ms. Lee! You are sure looking pretty busy.

Ms. Lee (Pressing Ctr+Tab): ..*Gulp*...Yes…boss…

MSN Dialogue box popping up: “Your boss around?”

Boss: Hmmm…..Busy eating snake huh?

Ms. Lee: ……….(sweat-drops)…..

I am not too sure if these two words 吃 蛇  (Chi She), literally meaning ‘Eating Snake’  are applicable for Chinese in other countries, but in Singapore, when we say someone is ‘eating snake‘, it means the person is slacking off or skiving off work.

Hope you all enjoy reading this post and do have a great weekend ahead!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

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