Snake Head Tattoos Meaning
Snake head tattoos are one tattoo design that has been around since the beginning of tattooing. For this reason its a design that will never go out of style – its a simple classic. Snake tattoos have many different meanings, some positive and some negative too.
Snakes are misunderstood creatures and because of this so are the tattoos. Thought some snakes are dangerous to humans, most are completely harmless and actively shy away from the human world. Another way snakes are portrayed in a negative light is in the Bible. The snakes, or serpent temps Eve to go and eat the forbidden fruit. For this reason snakes are seen to represent desire, evil temptation and sinning.
Snakes in Different Cultures
Snakes also have some positive meanings including wisdom, fertility and intelligence. Snakes are attributed with being a smart hunter and therefore seen as intelligent. In may cultures, like the Native Americans and Africans, a snake is seen as scared and are seen as both feminine and masculine. Which is the reason they make a good tattoo for both men and women.
With the Chinese they are part Zodiac and for people born in 1905 and thereon 12 years apart are considered to be born in the year of the snake. In the Zodiac the snake is not seen as evil or dangerous but instead they are seen as secretive.
In the Egyptian culture the snake is depicted as eating its own tail, this is thought to represent the cycle of the universe and the cycle of life itself. In the Hindu culture, the snake (serpent) Shesha is seen as one of the primary beings of creation.
Depending on what culture or text you read the snake has many different meanings, more are listed below:
- Healing and Rebirth
- Intellect and Cunning
- The Divine
- Sexual Energy and Fertility