And then comes Britney Spears with her 2001 MTV performance of I’m A Slave 4 U with the snake, perched atop her neck and dangling form her extended arms. And considering that there are whole slew of other women and models enamored with snakes of all kinds and shapes, I can’t  help but wonder – what’s it with the beautiful women stretched out naked in all their glory and frolicking with the slithering beasts that scare me even to look at  and even when they are doing their swarming and swishing behind the safe glass walls in an aquarium. The simple answer comes from Dr. Freud himself – the phallic symbol.

But there’s got to be more to it.  This is Gary’s Biblical explanation: According to Christian scripture, the forbidden apple was God’s way of testing Adam, to insure that he would be obedient to God’s commands. The snake was the incarnate devil, the ultimate symbol of evil. And he worked his magic through a woman…since we all know that women are the ultimate downfall of men. The phallic implication  is too strong to ignore.

And still it nags at me. Why did God choose a snake? I mean he could have sent a cuddly rabbit or a little kitty cat, even a sad faced puppy to make Eve go gaga over it and still do her magic. Like among other things; femme fatal in India is often called Nagin – the she cobra. Within Indian mythology, when God found himself in the similar predicament, he would send down from heaven one of this top apsaras. Those celestial beauties are gorgeous, irresistibly sensual and  exceptionally talented in the art of seductive dancing.  And when they dance, their heads and their bodies sway in fluid and languid motion just like that of the cobra charmed by the snake charmer. Both of them in the process of mesmerize and be mesmerized.  A definite downfall of the mere mortal male of the species. And guaranteed to break the deepest samadhi of even the most devout Yogi. Why go through an intermediary?

© Haresh Shah 2013

Illustration: Celia Rose Marks

You May Also Like

I DANCED WITH DONNA SUMMER

BEAUTYAND THE BREASTS

Next Friday, June 28, 2013

ALL ABOUT THE WILD PARTIES AT PLAYBOY

You will hate me for shattering your image of the wild parties you have seen on the TV and featured on the pages of Playboy magazine. May even begin to see some virtue in the saying: the ignorance is indeed a bliss.

.

Pages: 1 2 3