Work-In-Progress – A Detail
Some of the details of my Work-In-Progress contain various symbols and snakes are one of them.
Some cultures hold snakes in high esteem while other cultures despised them. There are cultures that associated snakes with medicinal powers or rebirth, such as the modern medical symbol of two snakes wrapped around a staff.
The Judeo-Christian culture does not hold snakes or serpent in a kind light. The biblical tales of the Garden of Eden and the serpent’s role in “tempting woman to trick man into the fall from God’s grace” have contributed to the negative images of snakes in western culture. This deep rooted cultural biases accounts in part for the widespread of fear and disdain of snakes. Myths, legends, and folk tales contribute to the misinformation and add to the snake’s negative imagery.
Cultures are as valid as the people who come from them and as with all living entities, there are positive and negative aspects, snakes are no different.
The imagery of the snakes in the details of this portrait embrace the concept of healer, rebirth and revitalization.