Snakes are often viewed through a mixed lens thanks to the role they play in many religious texts, particularly the Christian creation story. However, these elegant creatures have existed long before an author put the story of Adam and Eve to paper.
In fact, their reputation was once held above many other creatures.
Snakes are well-known for their ability to shed their skin and begin anew, and they’ve been revered as creatures of rebirth and healing for years.
They are popular in Hindu and Ashanti cultures, and they are often seen carrying the deities of those cultures on their backs. A common snake tattoo from the past is one of the snake god swallowing its tail. This creates a cycle of repeating life and death, which many ancients believed to be a representation of existence as a whole.
Older religions saw snakes as the symbol for fertility, which is why the snake was used as a symbol of temptation in the Old Testament of the Bible. Many believe the snake received such a horrible reputation due to the Christian religion attempting to deface pagan gods.
Today, snakes are popular tattoo options for those who admire strength, healing, and the cultures of the ancient past. As more people come to admire snakes for their natural beauty, tattoos of such creatures will increase.