Since time immemorial, mankind seems to have looked to the stars, the patterns of which have seeped into our consciousness and our mythologies. The most evident of these is the eternal embrace of our Milky Way, wrapping itself around our world and offering us a wealth of etiological myth and the resulting aitions..
My wide swing in this series of articles that examines the expansive history of the naga, and serpent veneration in general, may seem to have digressed far from our Buddhist roots at times. While I have no wish to rehash familiar stories, I have noticed elements beyond local and religious narratives that point to something possibly more temporal and felt it worthy of investigation. Is there a reason the serpent has appeared so frequently in creation mythology and imagery since the beginning of recorded history? And might it behoove us all to heed its message?
Pt 4 of my continuing ophiolatry voyage. Please fclick the image to be taken to the main article where you can also find the earlier chapters. .... Pt 5 next month