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"The Basilisk and Rattlesnake, or a European Monster Comes to America"
Boria Sax
Society & Animals: PsyETA Journal, Vol. 2 No. 1, 1994
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"This article looks at legends of the basilisk, a fabulous creature of ancient and medieval lore that was believed to kill with a glance, and shows how many characteristics of the basilisk were transferred to the rattlesnake in the New World. The deadly power of 'fascination,' also known as 'the evil eye,' which legend attributes to both basilisk and rattlesnake, was understood as an expression of resentment over the perceived lack of status of reptiles in the natural world and directed at so-called 'higher' animals." - Sax

Language: English


 
 
  
 
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