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Sermon delivered February 1, 2003 by Pastor Donald J. Gettys McDonald Road Seventh-day Adventist Church McDonald, Tennessee Biblical quotations are from the New International Version NIV unless otherwise noted.
The serpent , or snake, is one of the oldest and most widespread mythological symbols . The word is derived from Latin serpens , a crawling animal or snake. Snakes have been associated with some of the oldest rituals known to humankind [ 1 ] and represent dual expression [ 2 ] of good and evil . [ 3 ] In some cultures snakes were fertility symbols, for example the Hopi people of North America performed an annual snake dance to celebrate the union of Snake Youth (a Sky spirit) and Snake Girl (an Underworld spirit) and to renew fertility of Nature . During the dance, live snakes were handled and at the end of the dance the snakes were released into the fields to guarantee good crops.
The altar where Jory Goddess is worshiped. The photo is taken at the main temple in Belur Karnataka, India The worship of serpent deities is present in several old cultures, particularly in religion and mythology, where snakes were seen as entities of strength and renewal.
A Horned Serpent in a Barrier Canyon Style pictograph, Western San Rafael Swell region of Utah. The Horned Serpent appears in the mythologies of many Native Americans . [ 1 ] Details vary among tribes, with many of the stories associating the mystical figure with water, rain, lightning and/or thunder. Horned Serpents were major components of the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex of North American prehistory. [ 2 ] [ 3 ] Horned serpents also appear in European and Near Eastern mythology. [ edit ] In Native American culture Rock art depicting a Horned Serpent (Pony Hills and Cook's Peak, Texas)
Wadjet ( pron.: / ˈ w ɑː d ˌ dʒ ɛ t / or / ˈ w æ d ˌ dʒ ɛ t / ; Egyptian wꜣḏyt , "green one"), [ 1 ] known to the Greek world as Uto ( pron.: / ˈ j uː t oʊ / ) or Buto ( pron.: / ˈ b j uː t oʊ / ) among other names, was originally the ancient local goddess of the city of Dep ( Buto ), [ 2 ] which became part of the city that the Egyptians named Per-Wadjet , House of Wadjet , and the Greeks called Buto ( Desouk now), [ 3 ] a city that was an important site in the Predynastic era of Ancient Egypt and the cultural developments of the Paleolithic . She was said to be the patron and protector of Lower Egypt and upon unification with Upper Egypt, the joint protector and patron of all of Egypt with the "goddess" of Upper Egypt. The image of Wadjet with the sun disk is called the uraeus , and it was the emblem on the crown of the rulers of Lower Egypt. She was also the protector of kings and of women in childbirth.
In some versions of Greek mythology , Ophion ( Ὀφίων "serpent"; gen .: Ὀφίωνος), also called Ophioneus ( Ὀφιονεύς ) ruled the world with Eurynome before the two of them were cast down by Cronus and Rhea . [ edit ] Sources Pherecydes of Syros 's Heptamychia is the first attested mention of Ophion. The story was apparently popular in Orphic poetry, of which only fragments survive.
Mucalinda , Muchalinda or Mucilinda is the name of a naga (a snake -like being), who protected the Buddha from the elements after his enlightenment . [ 1 ] It is said that four weeks after Śākyamuni Buddha began meditating under the Bodhi tree , the heavens darkened for seven days, and a prodigious rain descended. However, the mighty king of serpents, Mucalinda, came from beneath the earth and protected with his hood the one who is the source of all protection. When the great storm had cleared, the serpent king assumed his human form, bowed before the Buddha, and returned in joy to his palace.
Níðhöggr gnaws the roots of Yggdrasill in this illustration from a 17th-century Icelandic manuscript. In Norse mythology , Níðhöggr ( Malice Striker , often anglicized Nidhogg [ 1 ] ) is a dragon who gnaws at a root of the World Tree , Yggdrasill . In the mythology, the Nidhogg is said to be controlled by only one person, the Norse goddess named Hel .
Leviathan ( / l ɨ ˈ v aɪ . ə θ ən / ; Hebrew : לִוְיָתָן , Modern Livyatan Tiberian Liwyāṯān ; "twisted, coiled") is a sea monster referenced in the Tanakh and in the Christian Old Testament . The word has become synonymous with any large sea monster or creature. In literature (e.g., Herman Melville 's Moby-Dick ) it refers to great whales , and in Modern Hebrew , it means simply "whale." It is described extensively in Job 41 and mentioned in Isaiah 27:1. [ edit ] Tanakh
( Greek χάος ) refers to the formless or void state preceding the creation of the universe or cosmos in the Greek creation myths , more specifically the initial "gap" created by the original separation of heaven and earth . The motif of ( German for "struggle against chaos") is ubiquitous in such myths, depicting a battle of a culture hero deity with a , often in the shape of a serpent or dragon . The same term has also been extended to parallel concepts in the religions of the Ancient Near East . [ edit ] Terminology Hesiod and the Pre-Socratics use the Greek term in the context of cosmogony .
Moses lifts up the brass snake, curing the Israelites of snakebites . Hezekiah called the snake Nehushtan. The Nehushtan (or Nehustan , Hebrew : נחושתן or נחש הנחושת), in the Hebrew Bible , was a sacred object in the form of a snake of brass upon a pole. The priestly source of the Torah says that Moses used a 'fiery serpent' to cure the Israelites from snakebites . ( Numbers 21:4-9 ) King Hezekiah (reigned 715/716 – 687 BCE) instituted a religious iconoclastic reform and destroyed "the brazen serpent that Moses had made; for unto those days the children of Israel did offer to it; and it was called Nehushtan." ( 2 Kings 18:4 ) The tradition of naming it Nehushtan is no older than the time of Hezekiah. [ 1 ]
The Sky God kills the dragon Illuyanka. Behind him his son Sarruma The twisting body of the snake is depicted in undulating lines with human figures sliding along Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, Ankara, Turkey In Hittite mythology , Illuyanka was a serpentine dragon slain by Tarhunt ( d IM ), the Hittite incarnation of the Hurrian god of sky and storm.
Heracles and Ladon , Roman relief plate, late era. Ladon ( Greek : Λάδων; gen .: Λάδωνος) was the serpent-like dragon that twined and twisted around the tree in the Garden of the Hesperides and guarded the golden apples . He was overcome by Heracles .
Serpent , derived from Latin serpens , a crawling animal or snake ( Hebrew : נחש , nahash , (meaning whisperer and tanniyn ) occurs in both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament . The symbol of a serpent or snake played important roles in religious and cultural life of ancient Egypt , Canaan , Mesopotamia , and Greece . The serpent was a symbol of evil power and chaos from the underworld as well as a symbol of fertility, life, and healing. [ 2 ] Nahash , Hebrew for "snake", is also associated with divination , including the verb-form meaning to practice divination or fortune-telling. In the Hebrew Bible , Nahash occurs in the Torah to identify the serpent in Eden .