A reader says: As far as I know there is absolutely no evidence in the fossil record to support that such beings ever existed on this planet. At the very best I think that an objective position would necessarily be very skeptical in regards to these claims.
JJ: A healthy skepticism is always fine, but I do not see enough evidence to warrant strong skepticism. Especially in this case where legends of the serpent race are found in so many ancient and diverse cultures such as Sumeria, Babylonia, India, China, Japan, Mexico, and Central America. In addition, many drawings and sculptures depicting human-likes serpents have been found in the Middle East as well as from the Ancient Americas.
Not the least of these is the Bible itself. In Genesis we see a story of a serpent that walks upright, is crafty and speaks. As punishment to him for tempting Eve he is altered physically and removed of his human characteristics and the only remnant would be the snake who craws on its belly.
Now one can say that the story of Adam and Eve was symbolic but a number of ingredients are not symbolic such as the fact that our early parents were humans or perhaps that there were talking serpents. Many of the ingredients in stories and legions have some truth in them.
In another account Jewish document called the Haggadah we read: “Among the animals, the serpent was notable. Of all of them, he had the most excellent qualities, in some of which he resembled man. Like man, he stood upright on two feet, and in height, he was equal to the camel. … His superior mental gifts caused him to become an infidel. It likewise explains his envy of man, especially his conjugal visits. … In punishment for tempting Eve, God said, ‘I created you to be king over the animals … but you were not satisfied. … I created you of upright posture … therefore, you shall go upon your belly.’”
Joe Lewels, Ph.D. writes this:
“Another interesting reference to the Watchers was found in the same cave as the Books of Enoch, but was not known until 1992, when two Biblical scholars, Robert Eisenman and Michael Wise, published their book, The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered.
“Among the 50 documents released for the first time in this book is a reference to the Watchers that is unique, for it provides one of the few physical descriptions of them. The text, called the “Testament of Amram”, describes the experience of a person named Amram in which “an angel and a demon” were wrestling over his soul:
“‘[I saw Watchers] in my vision, the dream-vision. Two [men] were fighting over me. I asked them, ‘who are you, that you are thus empowered over me?’ They answered me, ‘We [have been em]powered and rule over all Mankind.’ They said to me, ‘Which of us do yo[u] choose to rule [you]?’ I raised my eyes and looked. [One] of them was terrifying in his appearance, [like a s]erpent, [his] cl[oak] many colored yet very dark. … [And I looked again], and … in his appearance, his visage like a viper. … [I replied to him,] ‘This [watcher,] who is he?’ He answered me, ‘This Wa[tcher,] … [and his three names are Belial and Prince of Darkness] and Kind of Evil.’” LINK
There is evidence that the humans had some interbreeding with the serpents as hinted at in Genesis.
“Carl Sagan described the three tiers of the human brain as the reptilian (the most ancient and deepest layer), the limbic (the middle tier that directs motor sensory and normal life functions), and the neocortex (the uncharted territory of the upper realms). He also used the symbolic dragon to portray the dormant, sleeping, reptilian part of the brain that is both ancient and undisturbed. When the sleeping dragon rises, his fire (kundalini?) surges throughout the various layers and in alchemical measures awakens and integrates the triune brain.
“The dragon’s breath strikes far into the upper neocortex stimulating areas that have either been undiscovered in modern humans, or perhaps areas that we used in prior eons and from which we have fallen. In either case these areas are not accessible to humans without focused will and effort toward developing higher consciousness.” LINK
As far as not finding them in fossil records there are two points to consider. First, it is possible that some of the serpents were close enough to human in appearance that when only the bones are left that it would be difficult to tell the difference, especially if there was some interbreeding.
Secondly, much of our past is buried under the oceans and also under thousands of feet, sometimes miles of earth. Miners have found man-made objects only thousands of years old hundreds of feet below the earth. Imagine how deeply buried are many things from the more ancient past.
As evidence of this consider that there has only been one humanoid skeleton found that lived between the past 4–6 million-year time period, and that was Toumai man. Think of it. We have evidence that humanoids existed over 6 million years ago but for a period covering about two million years we have only one piece of evidence to prove it.
Legend says that the serpent race began as far back as 275 million years ago. I believe that there were only a few remnants of them in the days of Atlantis, of which land we have no solid proof of either.
Also important is that when an archeological find is discovered that goes against belief systems, it is often suppressed or destroyed. There are a number of testimonies to this effect making us wonder what we would have available if all that we have found was published.
They have just found evidence of a Hobbit race that was before unknown. It’s difficult to predict what they will find next, but I guarantee they will find some surprises in the near future.
Reader: Carl Sagan _never_ suggested that human beings once interbred with a reptilian species. If you are suggesting that then I believe you are seriously misrepresenting the facts.
JJ: I never said that. The data could support that idea though or at least that the two races developed along similar lines of evolution.
Reader: There is _nothing_ in this model to suggest that a reptile species could interbreed and produce viable offspring with mammalian humans. From a biological perspective that idea is ridiculous.
JJ: Why do you say this is ridiculous? Someone may look at two very different species of dogs and think they could never breed but they can.
There is no way to prove this is ridiculous because we do not have a sample of the Serpent DNA. It is possible their evolution was so close to ours that nature sees them as two very different races instead of species. It is very possible they were close enough to reproduce. We do not know for sure they did, even though the Bible does indicate this – or that they at least had sex, but I see no reason to proclaim the idea is ridiculous. Either way it does not conflict with anything in my book.
In addition, we find an interesting quote from the Book of Jasher, which is mentioned in the Bible (see Joshua10:13 and II Sam1:17-18) as an authoritative scripture used in ancient times. It says:
“…and the sons of men in those days took from the cattle of the earth, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and taught the mixture of animals of one species with the other, in order therewith to provoke the Lord; and God saw the whole earth and it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted its ways upon earth, all men and all animals.” Jasher 4:18
It is interesting that this scripture was written around 3000 years ago and mentions something that only today is modern technology approaching.
If this scripture is correct then even if they were two species it is possible that there could have been a “mixture.”
The man who insists on seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Sept 25, 2005
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