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The Cult of the Serpent
An Interdisciplinary Survey of Its Manifestations and Origins
The Cult of the Serpent
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Balaji Mundkur - Author
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Hardcover - 384 pages
Release Date: June 1983
ISBN10: 0-87395-631-1
ISBN13: 978-0-87395-631-4

Out of Print
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Paperback - 384 pages
Release Date: June 1983
ISBN10: 0-87395-632-X
ISBN13: 978-0-87395-632-1

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface

1. Interpreting the Fascination of Serpents

2. Factors that Arouse Awe
Factors that Arouse Awe
Beliefs Rooted in Ambivlanet Awe
Awe Induced by Ophidian Body Form and Behavior
Serpent-Handling Societies
3. The Cult of the Serpent Amidst Other Animal Cults
The Invertebrates
Aves
Chiroptera
Felidae
Canidae,br> Ursidae
Survivals of Ophidian Traditions among Northern People
4. The Serpent as a Sexual Symbol
Conceptual Associations
Some Pertinent Artistic Expressions
5. The Biological and Protocultural Expressions of Ophidiophobia
The Stimulus of Visual Patterns
Ophidiophobis in the Nonhuman Primates
Ophidiophobia in the Human Primate
Ophidian Imagery and the Subconscious Mind
Societal Anxieties and Fears
6. The Wider Implications
Anthropological Perspectives
Psychoanalytical Perspectives
The Holistic Perspective
Notes and References
Works Cited
Author Index
Subject Index


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