Tag Archives: Snakes

1794: The Game of the Snake

Robert Laurie and James Whittle: The Royal Pastime of Cupid, or Entertaining Game of the Snake (London, 1794) The rules: Haveing a pare of dice, it must be first agreed upon, what to play for, which is to be layd … Continue reading

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1810: A Composite Ox with a Demon Groom

A Composite Ox with a Demon Groom (Oudh, India, ca. 1810-30) (source)

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1655: Remedies

Selections from Thomas Lupton’s book A Thousand Notable Things on Various Subjects: Disclosed from the Secrets of Nature and Art, Practicable, Profitable, and of Great Advantage: Set Down from Long and Curious Study and Experience (1655): The Soles of the … Continue reading

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1735: Snake

Illustration from Albertus Seba’s Thesaurus, Vol. 2 (1735); the full title of the work is in Latin and Dutch: Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio – Naaukeurige beschryving van het schatryke kabinet der voornaamste seldzaamheden der natuur [Accurate Description of … Continue reading

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2.2 mya: Matsya and the Asura Hayagriva

In Hindu mythology, there are four historical eras, yugas,  that repeat in a cycle; the first of these is the Satya Yuga, followed by the Treta Yuga, the Dvapara Yuga, and, finally, the Kali Yuga. We are presently in a … Continue reading

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1860: Sara Paambu

A dhaman (rat snake) (ptyas mucosus), Tiruchirappalli, ca.1860 (source) In Tamil, the snake’s name is sara paambu.

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