The image of the snake is associated with death (poisonous snakes) and at the same time, it symbolizes rebirth and wisdom (shedding skin, medicinal properties of poison). The staff of the legendary physician Asclepius with a snake wound around.
One of the Sumerian myths tells how one of the gods turned into a snake and snatched from the hands of the hero Gilgamesh gives immortality plant of life. In the Bible, this Sumerian God was transformed into a serpent-tempter. In Buddhism the snake in the wheel of Samsara symbolizes the destructive cosmic force. However, many-headed Cobra protected the Buddha during meditation. The Cobra in India is associated with the Buddha, who could turn into snake Naked, to heal the people. The Hindus believed that along with the elephant and the tortoise, the snake can serve as a pillar of peace. Tysyacheletii the ruler of the serpent Ananta, whose ring encircle the axis of the world, in Hinduism personifies the boundless fertility. Because in India the serpent - a symbol of happiness in marriage.
The Chinese believed that a snake's skin promises wealth.
In Japan, the snake is associated with the female deities, in particular with the figure of the "Eternal Mother". However, in Japan the snake is an attribute of the God of thunder and storms.
In the modern world, an ancient serpent-like zoomorphic symbol is a symbol of longevity and wisdom.