Reptiles Throughout Mythology

Reptiles vary in size. Some are carnivorous and others are vegetarians. Some are dangerous and others are harmless. Yet the traits of reptiles and their habits have been utilized in the creativity and mythology of humans.

“Double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble – fillet of fennel, snake, toad, adder’s fork, lizard’s leg…”

As the witches of Macbeth stirred the magical potion in the large kettle, superstitions, symbols and myths on reptiles had already been stirring for ages. The various myths reveal the association of certain sacred reptiles with the supernatural and with so-called magical powers. These themes are encountered among civilizations millennia in the past to our own present culture.

Take the snake and serpents, for example:

There is no creature more widely found in the mythologies of the world than snakes. Mythical legends frequently occur in lands where there are no snakes – such as with the Eskimos who live in the ice bound Arctic. Saint Patrick may have driven the reptile out of Ireland, but his efforts could not cleanse the country of snake legends.

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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