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A GREAT SERPENT

"The Serpent is a multiple-valued phenomenon. Along with chthonian nature he possesses some sacral earthly bases. A serpent is a sovereign of the world's water. Everything that is alive has come out of water. Hence there comes the connection between the Serpent and the genital cults.

The Serpent plays an important part in conception mystery. Nonrandom in Russian everyday shamanism there exists a concept of "a serpent's knots", the thing being used for tying the stomach of the woman, whose pregnancy is breaking up.

The ceremony of night-time bathing at midnight (the Serpent's activity time) proves to be connected with the ceremony of conception. Men were not admitted at the ceremony - it was considered that they have already done what they were to do."

Alexander Asov "Worshiping Perun"

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