The Cobra (Elapinae) family which includes Cobras, Coral Snakes, Mambas, and Kraits, are the most deadly of snakes. The genus, Naja, contains the species that most epitomize Cobra—fast, graceful, and possessing an extended hood. Most people are familiar with Cobra, through pictures of snake charmers.
In Egypt, Cobra was a personification of hidden wisdom. Cobra on the Egyptian Pharaoh’s crown is Egyptian Cobra (Naja haje), an emblem of royalty. The Cobra Goddess (Wadjet) would defend the Pharoah, as he wore the crown, since he represented Egypt. This Cobra was also known as Asp, whose bite allegedly killed Queen Cleopatra.
The largest venomous snake in the world is King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) of India. Devout Hindus consider King Cobra to be a manifestation of Lord Shiva – the God of Destruction and Regeneration. In India, the Cobra is revered and is a part of many sacred rites. Some consider the Cobra to be the reincarnation of important people called Nagas ('warrior ascetics').
King Cobra is capable of delivering more venom than any other snake except for Gaboon Viper. The Cobra attacks the nervous system, and usually kills within fifteen minutes. Mother King Cobra is most aggressive when guarding Her eggs. Therefore, in India, if a nest is found near a village, the area will be evacuated.
Cobra does teach about the power of life and death. Knowledge of Cobra’s habits can save your life. Remember to learn all you can before going into a dangerous area.
Cobra's Teachings Also Include:
“Cobra Dreaming exposes those who would otherwise disguise who and what they really are.” Copyright: “Animal Messengers” by Scott Alexander King
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