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Manasa, the Snake Goddess by Jamini Roy (1887-1992) Image is in the Public Domain
THE ORIGINS, TRAITS, AND SYMBOLS OF THE SNAKE GODDESS
Although the civilizations of old embraced the totems, myths, and legends of their paleolithic ancestors, they also humanized the forces of nature and the power of animals into Gods and Goddesses along the way.
From time immemorial the Snake Goddess was viewed as quite clever, a huntress, treacherous, forceful, a protectress of the home, family, clan or nation; loving, an enchantress, a seductress, earthy, revengeful, frank, wicked, evil, and wise. Wow! What a bundle of personality traits. Do these traits remind you of anyone?
Likewise, the Snake Goddess symbolized rebirth and change indicative of the snake shedding its old skin. In order for its new skin cells to obtain oxygen. Additionally, the movement of the Snake Goddess was compared to the kundalini energy rising within the chakras.
Furthermore, in her elongated form the Snake Goddess is associated with phallic symbolism which represented virility, fertility, and sexuality.
THE WORSHIP OF THE SNAKE GODDESS IN TRIBUTE TO MOTHERHOOD
The Snake Goddess was worshipped all over the ancient world in tribute to motherhood and fertility:
In India she was called Nάgina, Kadru, and Manasa.
In Latin regions she was addressed as Cihuacoatl.
In Egypt she was referred to as Wadjet.
And in China she was designated as Madame White Snake (a legend) in some locales.
Though the horrible Medusa in Greek mythology was not a Snake Goddess, her hair consisted of writhing venomous snakes that signaled the violent and deadly side of the Snake Goddess’s personality.
THE SNAKE GODDESS IN MODERN TIMES
In modern times the Snake Goddess emerges across TV screens and in movies as:
MY FAVORITE SNAKE GODDESSES FROM TV LAND
My favorite Snake Goddesses from TV land are Morticia A. Addams the matriarch of the Addams Family; Elvira, Mistress of the Dark; and Vampira, a horror movie hostess. Besides dripping in black Goth attire these ladies channel the Snake Goddess’s playful, sexy, and eccentric sides. (I know you know someone like this, but they don't wear Goth).
What’s more, on a subconscious level the actresses’ snug and revealing black dresses reminds one of the slick, clinging, and flawless skin that boxes in the Snake Goddess's elongated silhouette. (I know you know someone who loves to let their hair hang loose, and they love to run around half naked in revealing and tight fitting clothing).
MY TWO FAVORITE SNAKE GODDESSES FROM THE MOVIE COSMOS
1) Dame Vaako (played by Thandiwe Newton) is the wife of Necromonger Empire commander Lord Siberius Vaako in Vin Diesel's apocalyptic action movie, The Chronicles of Riddick (2004). She walks or slithers provocatively around in tight fitting shiny gowns made of material resembling snake skin. Likewise, Dame Vaako exhibits the calculating, plotting, ruthless, and treacherous side of the Snake Goddess to the max.
The relentless Dame Vaako desires higher status in the Necromonger Empire and of course more power. Consequently, she prods Lord Vaako to assassinate Lord Marshal Zhylaw, the head honcho. However, Richard Riddick, the main character, destroys her plans.
2) Lisa Moya (played by Faith Domergue) is the shift shaping cobra goddess in the movie, The Cult of the Cobra (1955). Lisa Moya embodies the beauty, intelligence, and craftiness of the Snake Goddess. The opening scene entails a dancer posing as the cobra goddess exiting a large basket. She slithers along the floor of the temple stalking and attacking an enemy of the Lamians.
Afterwards, the dancer slithers back inside the basket and one of the disguised U.S. servicemen attending the secret ceremony, unwittingly snap a photograph of the dancer with a flash bulb camera. Chaos ensues and the servicemen make a hasty retreat from the temple; however, not quick enough to avoid the high priest’s curse of death.
Consequently, Lisa Moya treks to New York where the former servicemen reside. The attractive, but somewhat distant Lisa cleverly weaves her way through the chummy group of men. Eventually her true identity is uncovered and she succumbs tragically.
There are two incredible scenes in this movie: 1) When Lisa Moya confronts Julia Thompson (Kathleen Hughes) in the kitchen of Paul and Tom's apartment, and 2) Tom Markel's (Marshall Thompson) stinging realization Lisa Moya is the cobra he just killed.
In closing, the ultimate Snake Goddess wears a Crown of Wisdom, the Golden Belt of Life encircles her waist and a cloak of peace envelops her.
I'm sure you have some fierce Snake Goddesses among your relatives, friends, and neighbors besides yourself. Why not share the first name of your favorite one?
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