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The Fruit, The Tree, And The Serpent de Lynne A. Isbell

But the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not die; your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. Genesis3:4-6

Imagine a story where a woman talks to a snake, saying, “We can eat from any tree, but God says we can’t touch the fruit from this special one, or we’ll die.” It’s a scene from an ancient book, and it got me thinking.

This book I’m checking out says snakes have been a big deal in stories and myths forever. From the snake tempting Eve to one causing trouble for mighty Thor, they’ve always been a symbol of problems. But why do we care so much about snakes, even if we don’t really meet them often?

Turns out, the book suggests it’s because snakes played a huge role in how our early relatives survived. They were like the original predators, silently pushing our ancestors to be smarter and see better. This struggle for survival is in the roots of why snakes are a big deal in our stories.

The Bible story with the talking snake and the forbidden fruit? It’s like a snapshot of this ancient fear. The snake becomes a symbol of temptation and danger, something deep in our history that still gives us the shivers. As an artist looking into this, I’m picturing scenes that capture this primal fear, connecting the dots between the Bible tale and our instinctive unease about snakes. It’s like telling a story with colours and shapes, trying to unravel why snakes have been haunting our imaginations for so long.

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