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Danger! 'Snake in the Grass'

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And now, from VOA Learning English.

For many, many years, different cultures and religions around the world have used snakes as symbols.

Websites such as and tell us about snake symbolism in ancient cultures.

They say the image of a snake meant fertility and rebirth for some native American groups, as well as people living in ancient Greece and Egypt.

One ancient symbol of eternity is a snake eating its own tail. This image was found in the burial place of King Tutankhamun, also known as King Tut. He served as Egypt’s ruler over 3,300 years ago.

A serpent was an important god for ancient Mayans. And the Aztec earth goddess – both creator and destroyer – is represented by a serpent wearing a skirt of snakes.

Serpents are also important in both the ancient Norse and Chinese cultures. notes that in Baltic traditions, running into a snake was considered good luck. And it was bad luck if you killed one.

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