Snake Cults. 67,000 B.C.E. – Botswana, Africa. World’s oldest ritual discovered. Worshipped the python 70,000 years ago SACRIFIED TO THE PYTHON:
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World’s oldest ritual discovered. Worshipped the python 70,000 years ago
SACRIFIED TO THE PYTHON:
The world’s oldest ritual ceremonies are twice as old as previously thought. More than 70,000 years ago in a small cave in Botswana, humans sacrificed spearheads to the python.
A new archaeological find in Botswana shows that our ancestors in Africa engaged in ritual practice 70,000 years ago — 30,000 years earlier than the oldest finds in Europe. This sensational discovery strengthens Africa’s position as the cradle of modern man.
Associate Professor Sheila Coulson, from the University of Oslo, can now show that modern humans, Homo sapiens, have performed advanced rituals in Africa for 70,000 years. She has, in other words, discovered mankind’s oldest known ritual.
2100 B.C.E. -
This famous green steatite vase was carved for king Gudea of Lagash (dated variously 2200& 2025 BCE), dedicated by its inscription to Ningizzida, "Lord of the Tree of Truth" which bears a relief of serpents twined round a staff"
The drawing above is from the internet and shows the image of the vase "rolled out".
Marduk , the god of Babylonian society, defeated the great serpent Tiamat
the great snake that sheltered Siddhartha from the rain
1,100 C.E. – Cambodia India
Images are from 600 - 500 BCE
Many believe that the Aesclapius staff (left) represents the healer’s ability to rid the patient of the guinea worm by rolling the parasite out of the body attached to a stick, each day rolling a little more out. A symbol of medicine for thousands of years, it was replaced by the Caduseus when the army Medical Corp. adopted it as its official emblem in 1905.
The Caduseus was the staff of Hermes, and was derived from the “tree of life / truth” image
Nehushtandepicted as a bronze snake wrapped around a staff, it was said to have been used by Moses to cure the Israelites of their snake bites. The Mormon religion speaks of it as wrapped around the tree of life, and that it has the power to heal. Some Christian religions have claimed that the tree of life was used to make the cross on which Jesus was crucified.
Olympias, the mother of Alexander the Great, was said to have conceived of the great ruler after laying with a snake. The famous historian Plutarch writes:
“And Philip, some time after he was married, dreamt that he sealed up his wife's body with a seal, whose impression, as be fancied, was the figure of a lion. Aristander of Telmessus, considering how unusual it was to seal up anything that was empty, assured him the meaning of his dream was that the queen was with child of a boy, who would one day prove as stout and courageous as a lion. Once, moreover, a serpent was found lying by Olympias as she slept, which more than anything else, it is said, abated Philip's passion for her; and whether he feared her as an enchantress, or thought she had commerce with some god, and so looked on himself as excluded, he was ever after less fond of her conversation…”
OuroborosThe serpent or dragon eating its own tail has survived from antiquity and can be traced back to Ancient Egypt, circa 1600 B.C.E. From there it passed to Phoenicia and then to the Greek philosophers, who gave it the name Ouroboros ("the tail-devourer").
First Fruits of the Earth Offered to SaturnGiorgio Vasari (Italian, 1511–1574)