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The Snake in Paradise June 7, 2016

Posted by anagasto in art, drawing.
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Maybe originally it was in verse. Even in prose, now, after having been translated and re-translated and revised 1000 times, it still reads more like poetry than prose, for instance when it says:

“Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light.”

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In that chapter there are also repetitions suggesting that they were in verse and maybe sung.

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Originally, since books were rare and expensive, history was recorded by singers and poets.

You can read about that in Garcia Marquez’ “100 Years of Solitude” about a small village lost somewhere in the backwoods of Colombia. Its inhabitants receive news about their relatives in other little towns through singers that travel from one town to the next, because there aren’t any newspapers and no TV.
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And what about that serpent? With all its colours and those big ears?
The drawing isn’t mine, and I would rather not ask the artist. They don’t like it if you ask them “what does it mean?”
And one of them recently answered: “And what does a tree mean or a flower?”

Anyway, the ears show that the serpent knows how to listen.
And with that colourful skin the serpent looks friendly and festive and happy.

It’s a pity Eve’s face isn’t finished, and so she looks dumb, especially since it is the only thing in the drawing left wysiwyg.

However, I did find out why she has a basket: it is because she is on her way to get more apples…

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source text Genesis 1
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Source text in English, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin for the complete Bible available online and also as a CD http://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/poly/gen001.htm   The Hebrew text looks cut off or partly hidden, but it is simply printed to be read from right to left.

 

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