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Hide & Snake
Hiss! Hiss! Hiss!
Chrissy shan’t miss
her pet snake.
It slithered and it wriggled
that wicked fellow John.
It looked at her longingly,
Chrissy’s pet snake
Hiss hiss! He he!
She hit it with a broom
in the living-room,
Chrissy’s pet snake.
‘For Pete’s sake!’
(for that was his name)
‘You’ve squashed his brain!’
I yelled at her,
though not deterred
‘I should have shot
both you and the snake,’
she said to me.
Ha ha! He he! Hiss hiss!
Chrissy shan’t miss
her pet snake.
hiss! esias ryder, Hide & Snake, 1997
The mystery is that religion is but a tool to control the masses. Knowledge (or wisdom) is their only god, through which man himself will become god. The snake and the dragon are both symbols of wisdom. Lucifer is a personification of the symbol. It was Lucifer who tempted Eve to entice Adam to eat of the tree of knowledge and thus free man from the bonds of ignorance. The WORSHIP (a lot different from STUDY) of knowledge, science, or technology is Satanism in its purest form, its secret symbol is the all-seeing eye in the pyramid. Bill Cooper, Secret Societies/New World Order
Like all reptiles it [rattlesnake] has one great limitation – it can’t survive sustained cold. So great areas of the world are closed to reptiles. David Attenborough, Life on Earth (revised series), Fish, Birds & Reptiles
Whatever your feelings about snakes you can’t deny that they have an extraordinary beauty. David Attenborough, Life in Cold Blood: Sophisticated Serpents, BBC 2008
The King snake pretends to be venomous when it’s not. ibid.
An African Rock Python – one of the biggest of all snakes. ibid.
Not all snakes lay their eggs. ibid.
In 2012 odd breeding behaviour was noticed in two species of snakes: Copperheads and Cottonmouths. Some females were producing through parthenogenesis. Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities s2e1: Virgin Birth, Eden 2013
The bodies of some animals stretch and shrink in extraordinary ways. Constrictor snakes can swallow prey twice their own size. While the camel’s hump can almost double in weight giving it the energy to travel huge distances across deserts. Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities s3e3: Expandable Bodies
An anaconda or a python can kill prey that is not only twice its own body size but many times bigger than its head. ibid.
The bird was mistaken. It was a viper with a lethal bite. This species has only recently been discovered … On its tail movable scales have been modified to look like a spider’s legs, and its tip like an abdomen. David Attenborough, Seven Worlds, One Planet II: Asia, BBC 2019
Anacondas are the largest of all snakes. They grow to over 200 kilos. And they usually stalk their prey from the water. David Attenborough, Seven World, One Planet III: South America, BBC 2019
It worries me that people are running my country who believe in a talking snake. Bill Maher, Religulous, 2008
Images of gods from the stars symbolised by feathered serpents can be found all over planet Earth. In ancient Mexico there was a god-king known as Quetzalcoatl. The world Quatzal means bird. And coatl means serpent. He was the god from the stars. Chris Everard, Secret Space II
If the account given in Genesis is really true, ought we not, after all, to thank this serpent? He was the first schoolmaster, the first advocate of learning, the first enemy of ignorance, the first to whisper in human ears the sacred word liberty, the creator of ambition, the author of modesty, of inquiry, of doubt, of investigation, of progress and of civilization. Robert G Ingersoll
The infernal serpent; he it was, whose guile
Stirred up with envy and revenge, deceived
The mother of mankind. John Milton, Paradise Lost, I:34
The serpent subtlest beast of all the field. ibid. 9:86
At a small chapel in Kingston, Georgia, religious ideals are put to the test ... For members of this bizarre congregation handling venomous snakes and drinking strychnine is the ultimate sign of dedication. Unexplained Mysteries, 2003
There are over 100 snake handling churches in America. ibid.
There’s no reference in Genesis to the snake being Satan the Devil. So what exactly is it doing in the story? Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Bible’s Buried Secrets 3/3: The Real Garden of Eden, BBC 2011
We are in a snake pit surrounded by venom and smiling vipers. The Borgias: The Purge s3e2, Rodrigo, Showtime 2013
They rule the reptilian underworld through fear. Hooded assassins armed with sophisticated weapons and special skills. Over 270 species of these elite snakes ... span two continents. Cobra Mafia, National Geographic 2015
Sometimes revered but mostly feared. ibid.
And there the snake throws her enamelled skin,
Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in. William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream II i 255
You spotted snakes with double tongue,
Thorny hedge-hogs, be not seen;
Newts, and blind-worms, do no wrong;
Come not near our fairy queen. ibid. II ii 9
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. Genesis 3:1-7
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman. Genesis 3:15 God to snake
And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee.
And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.
And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.
And the Lord said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:
That they may believe that the Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.