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There's No Single Meaning Of Snake Tattoos

There is no single meaning of snake tattoos, which is to say that a person wearing such a tattoo could have one of any number of reasons for having chosen it, including the fact that it just looks good. People usually choose a tattoo design for a reason, even when they sport a large number of tattoos on their body. Some view their tattoos strictly as artwork, while for others, each and every tattoo has some kind of personal meaning. For some, a tattoo, whether it features a snake or not, carries with it a spiritual meaning as well.

One can delve into the meaning of snake tattoos, Celtic design tattoos, or one of the three types of tattoos that seem most popular among men, dragon tattoos, name tattoos, and what could be categorized as tribal designs.  Barbed wire tattoos seem to be increasingly popular, and as is the case with the meaning of snake tattoos, the meaning of barbed wire tattoos can vary, there being both good and bad meanings.

Snakes And Dragons - Dragons are symbols of power and the supernatural, plus dragons just seem to lend themselves to artwork. Dragon and snake tattoos share one thing in common. Because of their shape, they can be made to conform to just about any part of a person's body. A dragon or a snake tattoo may be confined to a person's chest or back, but is more likely to be wrapped around an arm or leg, with perhaps only the head resting on a shoulder, or elsewhere on the torso.

“Mom” Is Safe - Name tattoos have long been popular, and the meaning of a name tattoo is usually quite obvious to the wearer of the tattoo, and those who know him or her well. Because of their permanence, there is a certain risk involved in having another person's name prominently displayed on one's body. On the other hand, a tattoo that says “Mom” is usually risk-free.

As far as snake tattoos are concerned, the intended meaning is quite often very different from what one might suppose. It could be said that snakes got a rather bad rap going back to the story of Adam and Eve, although we normally use the term snake tattoo and not “serpent” tattoo. As a symbol, a snake can represent either good or evil. Historically, the symbol of a snake has more often than not been associated with something good.

Symbol Of Medicine - A snake entwined around a rod or staff is symbolic of the medical profession, and therefore of healing. That symbol by the way is named after a Greek god, and is called the Staff of Asclepius. The father of physicians, Hippocrates is thought to have come up with the symbol, as he was a worshiper of Asclepius. The ancient Greeks also associated the snake with the moon goddess, and the snake was therefore seen as a protector, as well as a symbol of power and knowledge. Other ancient symbols which have survived until modern times feature double snakes. Native Americans quite often used the symbol of the snake to represent both power and motherly protection. Snakes are often entwined in the various Celtic knot symbols, which make some of the more intriguing tattoos. To the Celts, the snake was a symbol of mysteries and secret or hidden knowledge to be shared among only a select few.

Other Meanings - The meaning of snake tattoos can be that of transformation, rebirth or rejuvenation, awareness, or intuition. Two snakes can mean balance. Other meanings include cunning, intellect, and solemnity. These different meanings come from different cultures, but mostly cultures in which the snake was greatly admired, though in some cases, feared. In yoga, the snake is a symbol of flexibility, and according to certain Eastern religions there is a snake captured within us, and freeing it leads to enlightenment.

Ancient cultures often were strong in theriomorphism, meaning the attributing of animal characteristics to humans. We see that in the traditions of Native Americans, who placed a great deal of reverence on animals such as bears, buffalo, and eagles. We see theriomorphism in the religion of ancient Egypt, where symbols included humans with jackal-like heads, and in many Asian cultures as well. Today, instead of wearing buffalo horns, feathers, or the head of a jackal, we wear tattoos, and some would argue we do so for the same reason, to bring out the animal in us. Besides snakes and dragons, some of the more popular animal tattoos are wolves, bears, tigers, leopards, and lions, all animals that we have a great deal of admiration for.

Thus, there is no single meaning of snake tattoos. What we've learned however is that there are far more good snakes than bad ones. Most snakes do good, and only a small percentage represent a danger to humans. Many societies have long held snakes in high regard. It would seem that those who have chosen to portray a snake on their body do as well. A snake tattoo can make someone feel protected, more powerful, wiser, or any of those other characteristics the snake is said to symbolize.




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