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Snake Goddess, Neolithic Associated with mysterious waters and with annual renewal through shedding of skin, snakes were benevolent power animals of the Goddess since Paleolithic Identified by spiral, zig-zag and winding lines, this Lady from 6th century BCE Boetia is a classic example; note the horned snake on her polos cap. The snake was companion to Athena and Hera and continues as a crucial motif of regeneration well into historic times. Celtic "knots" probably originated as serpent veneration, and the theme of "knight slaying dragon/serpent" during patriarchal times (3000 BCE to present) represents the "capture" of matrifocal culture by warrior culture.

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