The Ourobóros as an Auroral Phenomenon

  title={The Ourob{\'o}ros as an Auroral Phenomenon},
  author={Marinus Anthony van der Sluijs and Anthony Lee Peratt},
  journal={Journal of Folklore Research},
  pages={3 - 41}
This article traces the spread and development of the motif of the ourobóros, or circular serpent, and proposes that it originated in descriptions of an intense aurora. The earliest artistic examples of the ourobóros date to ±5000–±3000 BCE. The theme proliferated in Egypt and spread to the classical world during the Hellenistic period. In the earliest traditions, emphasis was on the ourobóros' associations with the sun god, the creation of the world, the circular ocean, darkness or underworld… 

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