Reptilian - serpent - snake iconography is found throughout the planet in art work and petroglyphs, referring to the spiral of consciousness creation and human DNA. It is laced with metaphors about human origins and destiny. From the ouroboros to ancient myths, serpent references define our journey.
Quetzalcoatl ( English pronunciation: /ˌkɛtsɑːlˈkoʊɑːtəl/ ), or Ketzalkoatl, ( Classical Nahuatl : Quetzalcohuātl [ketsaɬˈko.aːtɬ] ) is a Mesoamerican deity whose name comes from the Nahuatl language and has the meaning of "feathered serpent". [ 1 ] The worship of a feathered serpent deity is first documented in Teotihuacan in the first century BC or first century AD. [ 2 ] That period lies within the Late Preclassic to Early Classic period (400 BC–600 AD) of Mesoamerican chronology , and veneration of the figure appears to have spread throughout Mesoamerica by the Late Classic (600–900 AD). [ 3 ] In the Postclassic period (900 – 1519 AD) the worship of the feathered serpent deity was based in the primary Mexican religious center of Cholula . It is in this period that the deity is known to have been named "Quetzalcoatl" by his Nahua followers.
Krishna dancing over the subdued Kaliya Naag , and his wives asking Krishna for his mercy. From a Bhagavata Purana manuscript, c. 1640 .
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 ]