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The Healing Snake

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Posted by: ToniFranklin at Tue May 29 05:06:23 2018  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by ToniFranklin ]  
   

Hi,

Snakes appear throughout recorded history as a symbol of healing.
You are likely familiar with the caduceus, the medical symbol with two snakes wound around a staff.
Perhaps you also know of Asclepius, the Greek god of healing who was often depicted holding a rod with a snake wound around it. Healing temples erected in honor of Asclepius, called Asclepions, had floors covered in non-venomous snakes. These sacred centers drew crowds of people who sought to incubate dreams in order to heal.
Maybe you are even familiar with Nehushtan, the bronze snake staff Moses carried to heal Israelites of snake bites.
But did you know that the image of a snake wound around a rod first appeared circa 4000-3000 bc on a Sumerian vase dedicated to Ningishzida, the Lord of the Good Tree? Not only was Ningishzida the son of Ninazu, the Lord of Healing, Ningishzida was also depicted as a snake with a human head. He was one of two gatekeepers who protected Anu, God of Heaven, as well as a traveler through the netherworld (underworld.)

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