Snakes are predatory animals and to feed they must hunt their prey. Some of them do this by enveloping them and causing their death by strangulation and asphyxiation. But others are equipped with venom with which they kill or paralyze their prey in a short time, locating them later with sensors located on their tongue. The venom is usually very active and can cause the death of much larger animals.
Snakes have exerted a powerful influence on the human mind, which is underlined by the fact that they appear in many myths, as they are simultaneously perceived as exotic and familiar. Snakes have had great importance in the mythology and customs of every people, partly derived from the anomaly of a land animal that lacks legs and the dangerous venom that some of them possess.
In some cultures, snakes were considered immortal, and it was believed that their skin change was their reincarnation. In other cultures, they were considered messengers between two worlds, the upper and the lower, because they lived in holes in the earth. Even in Europe today, in the town of Cocullo, in the Abruzzo region of central Italy, snakes are collected by the inhabitants and carried through the streets as a tribute to St. Dominic the Abbot, who is carried on a platform in an image adorned with ophidians.
All cultures have referenced snakes and their poisons, so they are present in all mythologies. But also, the poison that kills turns out to be, in small quantities, the salvation of many diseases and ailments.
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