Manasa Hindu Serpent Goddess  

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Manasa Hindu Serpent Goddess Image
"MANASA "IS THE HINDU SERPENT GODDESS. HER NAME DERIVES FROM "MANAS, "A POWERFUL WORD THAT MEANS "OF THE MIND. "HER NAME MEANS "INTENTION." SHE IS A VERY POWERFUL GODDESS WHO IS WORSHIPPED THROUGHOUT INDIA. SHE IS THE SISTER OF VASUKI, THE KING OF THE SNAKES. HER WORSHIPPERS ARE DEVOTED TO HER AND BELIEVE THAT SHE IS A PRIMEVAL FORM OF THE GREAT GODDESS HERSELF. SHE IS BELIEVED TO PROTECT HER PEOPLE FROM SNAKEBITES, BUT HAS ALSO BEEN KNOWN TO CURE DISEASE AND TO BRING WEALTH.

ONE OF HER BEST KNOWN MYTH INVOLVES THE MISFORTUNES THAT MANASA INFLICTS UPON A MAN WHO REFUSES TO WORSHIP HER. FIRST, SHE DESTROYS HIS GARDEN AND THEN SLAYS SIX OF HIS SONS WHILE SINKING THE SHIPS THAT CARRY HIS WEALTH. FINALLY, SHE KILLS HIS LAST SON WITH THE BITE OF A POISONOUS SNAKE. AT THE URGE OF HIS WIFE, HE OFFERS MANASA A PEACE OFFERING...A FLOWER...AND AGREES TO WORSHIP HER AS A GODDESS, SHE ACCEPTS HIS TOKENS AND RESTORES HIS SONS AND HIS WEALTH. SHE HAS BEEN WORSHIPPED AS A GODDESS EVER SINCE. EVER SINCE.

MANASA IS WORSHIPPED DURING THE RAINY SEASON, THE TIME OF THE MONSOONS OF EARLY AUGUST, THE RAIN FORCES THE SNAKES FROM THEIR LAIRS. IT IS A TIME OF COMMUNAL CELEBRATION; THE VILLAGERS GATHER CLAY POTS, WOVEN BASKETS, GARLANDS, AND FOOD OFFERINGS OF MELONS, BANANAS, AND VARIOUS SWEETS. SNAKE CHARMERS BRING COBRAS, VIPERS, AND PYTHONS AND PERFORM WITH THE POISONOUS SNAKES WHILE CHANTING HYMNS PRAISING HER. SOME PARTICIPANTS EVEN ENTER INTO TRANCES.

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