Above is a depiction of the Mayan sky god Quetzalcoatl,the feathered serpent.
In pre-Columbian Central America Quetzalcoatl was sometimes depicted as biting its own tail. The Ouroboros, “tail-devouring snake”is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon swallowing its own tail and forming a circle. Ouroboros symbolism is seen reoccurring across many cultures, in different forms, from Europe to the Amazon.
The Ouroboros often represents self-reflexivity or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself, the eternal return. Jeremy Narby makes the parallel comparison here with the replicating nature of DNA.
Carl Jung interpreted the Ouroboros as having an archetypical significance to the human psyche.
In Gnosticism, this serpent symbolized eternity and the soul of the world.
In Norse mythology, the ouroboros appears as the serpent Jörmungandr, one of the three children of Loki and Angrboda, who grew so large that it could encircle the world and grasp its tail in its teeth.
The organic chemist August Kekulé claimed that a ring in the shape of Ouroboros that he saw in a dream inspired him in his discovery of the structure of benzene.He said that he had discovered the ring shape of the benzene molecule after having a day-dream of a snake seizing its own tail. This vision, he said, came to him after years of studying the nature of carbon-carbon bonds.
Graham Hancock in his book Supernatural states that in !961 the American anthropologist Michael Harner took part in an ayahuasca ceremony in the Amazon.
Harner was one of the first westerners to have participated in the indigenous sacrament.
This is his account of his amazing insights after imbibing a strong dose of Amazonian holy medicine:-
“The creatures showed me how they had created life on the planet in order to hide within the multitudinous forms and thus disguise their presence. Before me, the magnificence of plant and animal creation and speciation – hundreds of millions of years of activity – took place on the scale and with vividness impossible to imagine. I learned that the dragon-like creatures were thus inside all forms of life, including man. They were the true masters of humanity and the entire planet, they told me. We humans were but the receptacles and servants of these creatures. For this reason they could speak to me from within myself. In retrospect one could say they were almost like DNA, although at that time in 1961, I knew nothing of DNA.”
This is a recurring tale of life having migrated to Earth, fleeing something after a journey lasting ‘aeons’. What is referred to as directed panspermia. A theory championed by one of the discoverers of the structure of DNA, Professor Francis Crick.
I have to mention here the great work done on the topic by Jeremy Narby in his book DNA: The Cosmic Serpent.