Did you know that snakes are more beneficial than most people realize? In addition to keeping the local rodent population in check, they also eat the insects and worms that cause disease and destroy your garden. Plus, when they wander around your garden, they help fertilize it by spreading their guano around.
So why do we fear snakes so much? Besides the fact that some of them are poisonous, it’s most likely because of what’s been written about them over the centuries. They appear as antagonists in most religions and mythologies. Let’s look at just a couple of examples:
- The Serpent that led mankind to be expelled from the Garden of Eden.
- Medusa, with snakes for hair, who turned countless Greek heroes into stone.
- Jormungand the sea serpent who brings on Ragnarok in Norse mythology.
- Apophis, the Egyptian deity who embodied chaos was represented in art as a snake.
Even in modern times, Lord Voldemort, Nagini and House Slytherin were the antagonists of the Harry Potter series.
In each case, each of these serpents caused nothing but death, chaos and destruction.
Just another example of the power of storytelling. Makes you wonder how we’d view snakes differently if they had better representation and been written as the protagonist in a few of these ancient texts.
Until next time, may the Force be with you.