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Druids’ Eggs June 10, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Modern
Druids' Eggs

An interesting text from Pliny: (29, 3*) There is also a sort of egg, famous in the provinces of Gaul, but ignored by the Greeks. Innumerable snakes coil themselves into a ball in the summertime. Thus they make it so that it is held together by a bodily secretion and by their saliva. It is […]

A Column of Burning Snakes August 2, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Modern
A Column of Burning Snakes

                Beachcombing has before him on his desk a volume from Frazer’s Golden Bough, perhaps the most famous work of comparative mythology ever written. In it Frazer quotes from Athenaeum (1869) concerning a difficult to forget and cruel bonfire. At Luchon in the Pyrenees on Midsummer Eve: a […]