Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Snake handling in kentuckiana

Sorry for this brief posting, but I am getting ready to leave the beloved computer for the day and wanted to post this:

http://www.religionnewsblog.com/6852-For_snake_handlers,_going_to_church_can_prove_deadly.html

I know, I cringe at the thought of linking to the above weblog (eeeekkkk), but am kind of fascinated by the topic of snake handling and had a provocative chat with a friend today, who is delighted that so called evangelists are using an ancient Goddess-based ritual in the name of extreme allegiance to their version of Jesus.

Snakes have long been maligned by monotheistic religions as the consort of the devil, so to speak, the provider of forbidden wisdom. We all know the Garden of Eden and what transpired there.

In truth, the snake is symbolic of primordial secrets, guardian of spiritual wisdom and transformation. Snake imagery has been unearthed in several burial sites and in the ruins of ancient communities. I will explore more of this tomorrow (in a longer posting).

In the meantime, I would like to reclaim the powerfully benevolent symbolism of snake and snake medicine. I feel it is my personal duty (for reasons I will explain tomorrow -- oh so mysterious!), over the next few weeks, to explore and expose the hidden beauty and wisdom of Snake.

Enjoy the link to good hillbilly amusement.

jane_crow, laying low and slllllliiiiinnnnnkkkkkking around


4 Comments:

Blogger Terry said...

Wow, those snake handlers sure make a good case for Darwinism don't they? Hi, Found your site through Kim's in Texas.

3:10 PM  
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9:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Terry and welcome! I don't buy into the evolutionary theory as linear and absolute, anyway. And, as my grandmother likes to say, apes evolved from man, not the reverse. :-)jane

9:41 AM  
Blogger Terry said...

Hi Jane, Actually, I was thinking more along the lines of natural selection than the whole man from apes thing. Only the strong (and smart) survive....

12:06 PM  

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