Milk Snake

Milk and snakes; what a combination! However, not only is it still possible through who knows what corner of the village thrown in the corner of the country, but for thousands of years, the milk snake guarded the houses of the Dacians and, later, the houses of the Romanians. You may be surprised, but the signatory of these lines got to see something like this in his childhood, right in the house of his grandparents from Vlaşca. Carefully kept under the foot of the house or, rather, under the threshold of the house, the Milk Snake was only so fed, every morning, with fresh milk from the cow in the yard.

If we are to give credence to the ethnologist Adrian Bucurescu, the House Snake, named by the old Romanians from the three provinces and the House Sima, is part of the Colubride family, the scientific name being that of Natrix natrix . Neither constricting nor venomous, the Milk Snake is peaceful with humans, but kills its prey at high speed when it completes its diet. Perhaps, hence the Romanian belief that this medium-sized snake can be a defender of the house, a defender that must be improved daily with fresh milk. But here is what a specialized study signed by Adrian Bucurescu says:

“If you follow the Romanian mythology, then the House Snake is completely different. It is also called the House Snake, the Guardian Snake or the Milk Snake and is white because it lives in the dark, in the walls or walls of the house. The color white also appears in enchantments: “With your white skin, With clean silver scales”…

The Guardian Snake is the guardian of the household and lives under the threshold, under the sole, or in the walls of the house. He often leaves his place and takes part in the games of the children who also share his food with him. It usually feeds on milk. Sometimes it makes a noise as if ticking. For this reason, it is also called the House Clock. It is said that this ticking of the clock is done by the snake that beats its tail against the wall. In addition to the protection offered to the house, it is also said that it guards some precious objects, buried under the houses or around them: money, gold, precious stones, jewelry, etc.

The house abandoned by her serpent is unclean and attracts evil spirits. He must not be killed under any circumstances, because he brings good luck to those in the family where he lives: he protects them from quarrels, diseases, fires, earthquakes and other misfortunes. The symbol of the serpent, still found today in medicine, wrapped in a cup, is a hypostasis of the Geto-Dacian god Apollon-Zalmoxis, as a healer; In a Platonic dialogue, Socrates mentions him as the Thracian God of medicine.

It seems that Apollo and the Serpent of the House were also called SKEP-TE-CASAS by the Geto-Dacians, meaning: “Defend (Save) the Houses” (cf. rom. To escape; house), the respective phrase being attested in the Thracian toponymy. .

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