The Cult of the Serpent in the Americas: Its Asian Background [and Comments and Reply]

@article{Mundkur1976TheCO,
  title={The Cult of the Serpent in the Americas: Its Asian Background [and Comments and Reply]},
  author={B. Mundkur and R. Bolton and C. Borden and Ā. Hultkrantz and Erika Kaneko and D. H. Kelley and William J. Kornfield and G. Kubler and H. Mcgee and Y. Onuki and M. Schubert and John Tu Er-wei},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  year={1976},
  volume={17},
  pages={429 - 455}
}
The origins of ophiolatry in the Western Hemisphere are obscure. It may be part of an extremely ancient, worldwide pattern of veneration of cult animals; it may have arisen independently among the Northeast Asian immigrants to the New World only after they had crossed the Bering-Chukchi land bridge between at least 15,000 and 25,000 to 45,000 years ago; or it may have been affected, if not imported, by serpent- (or dragon-) venerating societies of the Old World in relatively very recent times… Expand
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