Essay On Ouroboros

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Ouroboros is an ancient symbol used in cultures from around the world.

It depicts a snake swallowing its own tail and forms a circle. The Ouroboros

image appears in the cultures of ancient Egypt, China, Mesoamerica,

and well as in European and West African cultures. The Ouroboros is seen as early as

1600 years BC in Egypt. From there the ancient Phoenicians and Greeks adopted the

symbol and called it the Ouroboros, which literally translates to “devouring ones tail.”

The serpent biting its tail is found in other mythos as well, including Norse myth,

dubbing the serpent Jörmungandr one of three children of Loki and Angrboda, was

so large that it encircles the Earth. It guarded the Tree of Life, and is often depicted as an

Ouroboros.. In Mesoamerican culture as the serpent god Quetzalcoatl is sometimes

portrayed biting his tail on Aztec and Toltec ruins. Quetzalcoatl is carved into the base of

the Pyramid of The Feathered Serpent, at Xochicalco, Mexico, dated 700-900 AD. In

Hindu culture, Ouroboros is shown as the dragon that circles the tortoise

which supports four elephants carrying the Earth. Christianity also adopted the symbol as

a representation of the material nature of our world, the self –consuming transitory nature

of existence. physician-philosopher Sir Thomas Browne in his A Letter to a Friend c.

1657 linked the Ouroboros symbol with the idea of eternal return thus –

“That the first day should make the last, that the Tail of the Snake should return into its

Mouth precisely at that time, and they should wind up upon the day of their Nativity, is indeed a remarkable Coincidence, which though Astrology hath taken witty pains to salve, yet hath it been very wary in making Predictions of i...

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...bodiment of the parthenogenesis or self-fertilization. As a cyclical representation of an already powerful symbol, the Ourboros depicts time, specifically eternity, and is a form of infinity. As a symbol of the circular nature of all things, which begin and end with chaos. Ouroboros presents us with the element of order and peace in between this chaos. Another view is that the Ouroboros is a representation of eternal return, the falling of the spirit into what we call the physical world and its return to the spirit world. Nature constantly revisits with its cyclical patterns of the seasons back to its own rebirth; thus, each ending holds the seed of a new beginning. It is understood, the Ouroboros includes all recurrent systems in nature; unity, multiplicity, and a return to unity; evolution and devolution; birth, growth, increase, decrease, life, and death.
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