832-251236 - Chichen Itza, Quetzalcoatl, Feathered Serpent deity and Stepped pyramid of Kukulkan, El Castillo in the background, Yucatan, Mexico, UNESCO World Heritage Site Quetzalcoatl, Feathered Serpent deity, Stepped pyramid of Kukulkan, El Castillo - The Castle, C
857-72038 - Naga is the Sanskrit and Pali word for a deity or class of entity or being, taking the form of a very large snake, found in Hinduism and Buddhism. In India, nagas are considered nature spirits and the protectors of springs, wells and rivers. They bring rain, and thus fertility, but are also thought to bring disasters such as floods and drought. According to traditions nagas are only malevolent to humans when they have been mistreated. They are susceptible to mankind's disrespectful actions in relation to the environment. They are also associated with waters &33; rivers, lakes, seas, and wells &33; and are generally regarded as guardians of treasure.They are objects of great reverence in some parts of southern India where it is believe that they bring fertility and prosperity to their venerators. Expensive and grand rituals are conducted in their honour.
817-355120 - Cirque du Soleil's cavalcade The Awakening of the Serpent At midday each day, the parade passes through the streets of the Expo Zaragoza 2008 site, for a spectacle packed with magic and colour, Zaragoza, Spain
83-9106 - Rainbow Serpent at the Aboriginal rock art site at Ubirr Rock, Kakadu National Park, where paintings date from 20000 years old to present day, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Northern Territory, Australia, Pacific
744-32 - Pectoral of the sacred eye flanked by the serpent goddess of the North and the vulture goddess of the South, made from gold cloisonne with glass-paste, from the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun, discovered in the Valley of the Kings, Thebes, Egypt, North Africa, Africa
252-11042 - Stained glass window depicting Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Holy Trinity Cathedral, the largest Orthodox church in the country, built between 1935 and 1942, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Africa