Myths and superstitions about snakes

Snake is the name of an animal that is very familiar in our daily life. But that is not happiness at all for us; Rather, hearing the word ‘snake’ creates an atmosphere of fear in our minds. We have come to know the snake as an animal of fear or treacherous character. Those of us who grew up in villages, not in cities, got acquainted with snakes in our grandparents’ laps before seeing them visually. In their stories, we know that snakes, once they can put their poisonous teeth in the body of a human and a huge animal, their death is inevitable. From that fear, various legends, folk tales, anecdotes and legends have been born with snakes since ancient times. Above all, the practice of ‘snake worship’ in India is still prevalent in Ajgram.

The snake is not very big in size. With the exception of two or four species of the python group, all the slender ones range in length from 6-7 inches to no more than 8-10 feet.

There are about 3,000 species of snakes in the world. A total of 8 species of snakes are found in Bangladesh. Of these, 52 are non-venomous and 26 are venomous snakes. According to experts, only 4 species such as Gokhra, Calcutta, Sankini and Chandrabora are enough to scare us.

Among the other snakes, snakes like Dhora, Painna, Mete etc. Are absolutely innocent. But the problem is that any snake in the dark, no matter how venomous or non-venomous, once it bites, we usually catch it and are not protected. But the statistics show that we can die in a few bites.

When snake venom enters another body, it initiates venom in two ways. One is cardio toxin, which cripples the cardiovascular system and the other is the nervous system.

According to a survey conducted by the Ifkins Institute in Mumbai, 70 per cent of the people in India who are bitten or killed by snake bites are from non-venomous snakes. The main cause of these deaths is not poisoning, but fear, fear stops the heartbeat.

In a society like ours, which is lagging behind in science due to such fears and anxieties, there are many superstitions about snakes, as much as all unscientific myths. All this is further provoked by the various deceptions and business propaganda of snakes or Vedas in our market.

Here one can try to find the truth through the incarnation of some of these myths and the sources of their scientific analysis.
E.G., a. Snake vindictive
b. Snakes eat cow’s milk
c. Snake head gem
d. Snake guard treasure. Bizarre flute of snakes etc.

Snakes are vindictive!

We often hear that snakes have a strong tendency to take revenge. If someone hurts it by laying it on the snake while walking back and forth at night, then they remember it and then take revenge by realizing the opportunity. But the morphological and evolutionary position of the snake’s brain in scientific analysis is not possible in reality. So snakes can take revenge by keeping revenge alive, that’s not right. Such behavior is seen only in advanced vertebrates.

Snakes eat cow’s milk!

In rural life, it is common to hear that a special snake regularly eats the milk of a newborn cow at night. But the little calf or the household does not get milk. While searching for this condition, the householder may have seen one day that a snake was wrapped around the cow’s legs. The simple fact of the matter is that snakes come at night to catch rats or frogs for fear of being trampled by cows. The story of stealing snake’s milk here is human imagination.

The common technique of collecting cow’s milk cannot be mastered by snakes. This is because the structure of the snake’s teeth is quite needleless and the inside of the mouth is curved like a barb. So if the snake goes to eat cow’s milk, that tooth will get stuck in the cow’s udder and poison will be released, so that the cow may die. There is no evidence that anyone has ever seen a snake eat cow’s milk. Here, the whole thing is imaginary.

Snake head gem!

There is a saying in rural life that some people have seen a gem on a snake’s head or a glimmer of red light on a cloudy night. Snake-wolves usually make money by intimidating by inventing such gossip. In many cases they even claim that they have collected the gems of the royal head (which is equal to the wealth of the seven kings).

But the fact is, the venomous snake has a hole in its head. In the mouthpiece, the snake pulls out its tongue through the hole and collects food or warning signals from the surrounding environment. In this case, snakes usually place colorful stones in the holes above the heads of their boxed snakes, which glow in the sun or in the moonlight. And they continue to scatter that light as the jewel of the snake’s head.

Snakes hear the sound of snakes and flutes!

There are many stories of the strange shape of the snake’s flute and the hypnotic power of its diverse melody. The snakes and bedridden people make such fictions as a way to raise money. They say that on hearing the sound of the flute, the snake came out of its hole and caught it in the hand of the snake. Then they subdued them. In fact, we know that snakes do not have ears and there is no question of hearing sounds.

There is a special mechanism in the nervous system to receive auditory vibrations in the bones under the jaws of snakes to hear sounds or alarms. We have seen many times on the roadside the hood that the Gokhra snake makes with the fluctuations of the snake’s flute. In this regard, the opinion of the experts, the characteristic shape of the flute and the rhythmic gestures of the snakes and their clenched fists make the snakes angry. It has nothing to do with the melody of the snake’s flute.

Guard the snake’s treasure!

Not only rumors, but also many popular stories and novels show that snakes guard the hidden silver, pearls. At the root of such an idea are some events of the past. In the past, many people hid family treasures in pots or pans filled with gold and silver coins.

Meanwhile, the snake does not dig a hole by itself, it lives in the hole dug by another. The notion that snakes know gold, silver coins or treasures is completely wrong. Usually the place where the household treasure is hidden is very safe. On the other hand, rats and frogs, the favorite food of snakes, also travel to those places. So snakes choose these holes as their hiding place because of their safety and food temptation. The hidden treasure of the householder is not to guard.

There are innumerable delicious stories and fables of this genre. Such as releasing snake venom, seeing snake legs, snake-neule relationship, digesting snake venom etc. We can call these irrational superstitions, which give birth to science in the backward national life like ours.

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