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I. Religious Studies

Charms against snakebite and techniques for taming snakes are part of the repertoire of many religions. Frequently repeated, controlled snakebites can make a person immune to the venom and allow it to be used as a drug. The assessment of snakes and serpents varies, depending on whether they appear as enemies (Egyp. Apophis, Indian Vṛṭṛa, Hitt. Illuganka, West Sem. Leviathan, Bab. Tiamat) or as companions and guardians (Egyp. Mehen, Indian Śeṣa) of mighty deities, he…

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Uehlinger, Christoph and Staubli, Thomas, “Snake/Serpent”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 06 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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