Favorite timeless tales in classic American folklore, like the "Girl and The Snake" story, have safely helped teach generations of young people valuable life lessons learned about some of life's hardest experiences by exposing true human Spiritual natures through infamous serpent animal symbolism in mythology, legends and movies. By instilling wisdom of the ages, honorable family morals and community ethics against temptation and evil. And by depictions of how even the most beautiful, charismatic of God's creatures, especially girlfriends and boyfriends, are prone to lying, manipulating and cheating, and to not be so easily fooled, deceived and victimized by dirty rat snakes in the grass: bullies, evildoers, users and losers.
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Girl and the Snake
A young girl walking along a mountain path to her grandmother's house heard a rustle at her feet. Looking down, she saw a snake, but before she could react, the snake spoke to her.
"I am about to die," he said. "It's too cold for me up here, and I am freezing. There is no food in these mountains, and I am starving. Please put me under your coat and take me with you."
"No," the girl replied. "I know your kind. You are a rattlesnake. And if I pick you up, you will bite me and your bite is poisonous."
"No, no," the snake said. "If you help me, you will be my best friend. I will treat you differently."
The young girl sat down on a rock for a moment to rest and think things over. She looked at the beautiful markings on the snake and she had to admit he was the most beautiful snake she had ever seen.
Suddenly, she said, "I believe you. I will save you. All living things deserve to be treated with kindness."
She then reached over, put the snake gently under her coat and continued toward her grandmother's house.
Within a moment, she felt a sharp pain in her side. The snake had bitten her!
"How could you do this to me?" she cried. "You promised that you would not bite me, and I trusted you!"
"You knew what I was when you picked me up," he hissed as he slithered away.
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- Ann Landers' column (with minor edits by G Ballard)
What is the moral of the Snake story?
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A snake bites you because s/he is a "snake" by nature and a beautiful liar to charm and manipulate you until 1) you either open your eyes and ears, wise up and leave, or 2) s/he moves on to the next victim.
The snake doesn't have a conscience or morals like decent, God-fearing people, and any moment of regret s/he may feel, if any, will be quickly forgotten that's how these kinds of predators operate, it's in their DNA.
You cannot change them.
Snakes in Mythology: Serpent (symbolism):
The serpent, or snake, is one of the oldest and most widespread mythological symbols in the history of Earth. The word is derived from Latin serpens, a crawling animal or snake. Snakes have been associated with some of the oldest rituals known to humankind and represent dual expression of good and evil. In some cultures snakes were fertility symbols, for example, the Hopi people of North America performed an annual snake dance to celebrate the union of Snake Youth (a Sky spirit) and Snake Girl (an Underworld spirit) and to renew fertility of Nature... WIKIPEDIA.
The ancient symbol of snake eating a baby is the Biscione (Italian for large grass snake), also known as the Vipera (venomous viper), is depicted in the act of consuming a human child. It has been the emblem of the Italian Visconti family for around a thousand years. Its iconographic origins date back to paleochristian times, to the biblical story of Jonah and the Leviathan in the act of swallowing (and/or regurgitating) him, a common motif representing the resurrection... WIKIPEDIA.
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