WEFOUNDThe Serpent Came to Gloucester


The serpent , or snake , is one of the oldest and most widespread mythological symbols . The word is derived from Latin serpens , a crawling animal or snake. Snakes have been associated with some of the oldest rituals known to humankind [1] [2] and represent dual expression [3] of good and evil . [4]

Historically, serpents and snakes represent fertility or a creative life force. As snakes shed their skin through sloughing , they are symbols of rebirth, transformation, immortality, and healing. [7] The ouroboros is a symbol of eternity and continual renewal of life.

In some Abrahamic traditions , the serpent represents sexual desire . [8] According to some interpretations of the Midrash , the serpent represents sexual passion. [9] In Hinduism , Kundalini is a coiled serpent, the residual power of pure desire. [10]

3 historical A bass wind instrument made of leather-covered wood in three U-shaped turns, with a cup-shaped mouthpiece and few keys.

The serpent , or snake , is one of the oldest and most widespread mythological symbols . The word is derived from Latin serpens , a crawling animal or snake. Snakes have been associated with some of the oldest rituals known to humankind [1] [2] and represent dual expression [3] of good and evil . [4]

Historically, serpents and snakes represent fertility or a creative life force. As snakes shed their skin through sloughing , they are symbols of rebirth, transformation, immortality, and healing. [7] The ouroboros is a symbol of eternity and continual renewal of life.

In some Abrahamic traditions , the serpent represents sexual desire . [8] According to some interpretations of the Midrash , the serpent represents sexual passion. [9] In Hinduism , Kundalini is a coiled serpent, the residual power of pure desire. [10]

The serpent , or snake , is one of the oldest and most widespread mythological symbols . The word is derived from Latin serpens , a crawling animal or snake. Snakes have been associated with some of the oldest rituals known to humankind [1] [2] and represent dual expression [3] of good and evil . [4]

Historically, serpents and snakes represent fertility or a creative life force. As snakes shed their skin through sloughing , they are symbols of rebirth, transformation, immortality, and healing. [7] The ouroboros is a symbol of eternity and continual renewal of life.

In some Abrahamic traditions , the serpent represents sexual desire . [8] According to some interpretations of the Midrash , the serpent represents sexual passion. [9] In Hinduism , Kundalini is a coiled serpent, the residual power of pure desire. [10]

3 historical A bass wind instrument made of leather-covered wood in three U-shaped turns, with a cup-shaped mouthpiece and few keys.

National Book Award Finalist M. T. Anderson is acclaimed for his thought-provoking children's books. This captivating Junior Library Guild Selection is a rhyming dramatization based on 19th-century accounts of a mysterious sea creature swimming the coastal waters of Massachusetts. As startling news sweeps the summer streets, a curious lad races toward the harbor in disbelief. And yet it's true! There, frolicking in the water is an enormous sea serpent. The wide-eyed boy can plainly see it. And so can the crowd gathering on Cape Ann's sandy shores. For weeks, the youth watches the majestic monster-until, suddenly, it disappears.

"An 1817 sighting of a sea creature in Gloucester Harbor provides the inspiration for this lyrical rhyming tale. John McDonough's pacing is excellent as the story's narrator recounts his experience one youthful summer upon glimpsing a frolicking sea serpent. To his dismay, the townspeople attempt to hunt down and harpoon the visitor. The novelty and fear of such a strange sight warrants more enthusiasm and energy than McDonough gives this narration. The beast eludes the pursuing hordes until it is finally captured and discovered to be a mackerel. In all, McDonough's account of this short tale is pleasant but not particularly engaging. M.H.N. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"


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