The Cult of the Serpent: An Interdisciplinary Survey of Its Manifestations and Origins

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1983 - Religion - 363 pages
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Contents

Interpreting the Fascination of Serpents
1
The Suborder Serpentes Its Veneration and Calumniation
40
BELIEFS ROOTED IN AMBIVALENT AWE
55
AWE INDUCED BY OPHIDIAN BODY FORM AND BEHAVIOR
74
SERPENTHANDLING SOCIETIES
83
The Cult of the Serpent Amidst Other Animal Cults
91
THE INVERTEBRATES
92
AVES
95
The Biological and Protocultural Expressions of Ophidiophobia
209
THE STIMULUS OF VISUAL PATTERNS
211
OPHIDIOPHOBIA IN THE NONHUMAN PRIMATES
218
OPHIDIOPHOBIA IN THE HUMAN PRIMATE
229
OPHIDIAN IMAGERY AND THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND
235
SOCIETAL ANXIETIES AND FEARS
242
The Wider Implications
255
PSYCHOANALYTICAL PERSPECTIVES
262

CHIROPTERA
109
FELIDAE
111
CANIDAE
149
URSIDAE
156
SURVIVALS OF OPHIDIAN TRADITIONS AMONG NORTHERN PEOPLES
161
The Serpent as Sexual Symbol
172
SOME PERTINENT ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS
180
THE HOLISTIC PERSPECTIVE
270
Notes and References
279
Works Cited
312
Author Index
343
Subject Index
351
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