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I.G. Tatarovskaya

The image of the demiurge and cultural hero in African mythology

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Abstract. The paper considers the symbolic value of the image of the snake in the mythology of Tropical and South Africa as a demiurge and cultural hero. Snake is a totem-ancestor of many African tribes, as well as a symbol of the universe, life and death, power, and reincarnation.

Keywords: snake, symbol, image, sign, totem, god, ancestor, death, cultural hero

Printed reference: I.G. Tatarovskaya The image of the demiurge and cultural hero in African mythology // Vestnik of MSTU. 2014. V. 17, No 4. P. 773-777.

Electronic reference: I.G. Tatarovskaya The image of the demiurge and cultural hero in African mythology // Vestnik of MSTU. 2014. V. 17, No 4. P. 773-777. URL: http://vestnik.mstu.edu.ru/v17_4_n59/773_777_tatar.pdf.

(In Russian, p.5, ref 9, Adobe PDF)