Saturday, February 12, 2011

Snake Skin Beadwoven Cuff

I woven this snake skin bracelet in peyote stitch with tread and hundreds of tiny beads in black white and light brown strung and stitching one bead at a time.
It’s finished off with bead woven loop and a toggle.
See it in CallOfEath shop

The serpent is one of the oldest and most widespread mythological symbols.
In some instances, serpents serve as positive symbols, in others, serpents serve as negative symbols.

As for me, I more connected with the positive symbolism of the snake, especially - wisdom and knowledge.

The following are some of the particular symbolic values to snake:

- Serpents are connected with deceit, and are used to symbolize deceitfulness. An example is the serpent in the Garden of Eden, who tricks Adam and Eve into partaking of the Fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

- Serpents are represented as potent guardians of temples and other sacred spaces

- Serpents are connected with poison and medicine. Three medical symbols involving snakes that are still used today are Bowl of Hygieia, symbolizing pharmacy, and the Caduceus and Rod of Asclepius, which are symbols denoting medicine in general

- Snakes are a chthonic symbol, roughly translated as 'earthbound'

- The snake is one of the 12 celestial animals of Chinese Zodiac,

- India is often called the land of snakes and is steeped in tradition regarding snakes.

In India there is another mythology about snakes. Commonly known in Hindi as "Ichchhadhari" snakes. Such snakes can take the form of any living creature, but prefer human form. These mythical snakes possess a valuable gem called "Mani", which is more brilliant than diamond.
There are many stories in India about greedy people trying to possess this gem and ending up getting killed.

The Ouroboros is a symbol associated with many different religions and customs, and is claimed to be related to Alchemy. The Ouroboros or Oroboros is a snake eating its own tail in a clock-wise direction (from the head to the tail) in the shape of a circle, representing manifestation of one's own life and rebirth, leading to immortality.

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