Minoan Crete

Priestess Diviners of Minoan Crete

In the archaeological remains of the Minoan Era of Crete, statues of priestesses in ritual attire holding a snake in either hand are found. The expression in their eyes and their enlarged ears lets us know these women are in a state of trance. In some of the temple rooms of the sprawling building found in Knossos, there were also snake pits. In small doses snake venom is a hallucinogen. Clearly these priestesses were engaging with the snake and her medicine to receive oracular information. In my novel Ode to Minoa, Aureillia—the protagonist, receives the bite of the snake at certain phases...

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