The Triumph of the Snake Goddess

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Manasa in a dense Jungle.

The Triumph of the Snake Goddess is an Indo-centric epic tradition. Snakes exist in the myths of most societies, often embodying magical, mysterious forces. Snake cults were especially important in Eastern India and Bangladesh, where for centuries worshippers of the indigenous snake goddess Manasa resisted the competing religious influences of Indo-Europeans and Muslims. The result was a corpus of verse texts narrating Manasa’s struggle to win universal adoration.