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Tangled Draperies That Form an Image of the Fearsome Snake-God

TANGLED DRAPERIES THAT FORM AN IMAGE OF THE FEARSOME SNAKE-GOD

In all parts of the world superstitions with snakes are to be found. The brazen serpent of the Children of Israel, the snake-symbol of the Bacchanalia, and the snake-gods of Mexico and Australia indicate the universality of the awe and cult of mysticism, in its various forms, that have centred in this uncanny reptile. In the photograph a crude representation of a snake has been made, and upon the head rests a crown. The effigy is hauled from place to place, and the populace turn out and bring various offerings, the whole ceremony creating great excitement in the remote Tibetan villages