Storm gods and Serpents

This article is a preliminary study into storm gods and serpents nemesis across cultures. So many cultures had a storm god as their main god, all of them battled a serpent. It is said it was chaos or forces of nature, yet every culture depicts this in the same way individualy in the exact same manner with different names for their main storm deities. This can impossibly be coincidence and a common source or cultural exchange for this global symbolism is evident.

Krishna overcomes Kaliya (indian)

Indra vs Vitra (Indian) Indra

Vishnu vs Ananta-Shesha (indian) 





Tarhunt and the dragon Illuyanka (hittite)

Apep vs Ra (Egypt)






Atum and the snake Apophis

Set speared Apep

Horus (hero)  vs sobek  (Egypt) (Horus under the form of a horseman piercing a crocodile with his spear, louvre museum)






Zeus vs Typhon (Greek)






Thor vs Jörmungandr’s (Nors) Thor



















Marduk or Bel vs Tiamat (Sumerian)





Hadad vs Têmtum (Mesopotamia)

Baʿal vs Lôtān (send by seagod Yam) (Canaanite /Syrian) or Tannin (Tannin is sometimes associated with Tiamat and, in modern Hebrew, the name tannin means CROCODILE)





Melqart (milqartu, tutelary god of city of phoenician city of Tyre)

Teshub (hittite) vs  Illuyanka/Heddamu (Hurian)

Taru (Hattic)

Taranis (Celtic)

Tarḫunna + Tarḫun   – Luwians:

Perun vs Veles (Click here for the article: Slavic Relations)

Perkūnas Baltic Latvian Lithuanian and Latvian mythology

Taranis – Celtic

Tarchon Not related but interesting for 12 cities.


Hheroic Akkadian deity Ninurta, (iraq) killing numerous snakes.


Bashmu (“venomous serpent”), killed by Ninurta

Mušmaḫḫū (“distinguished serpent”), killed by Ninurta

Seven-headed serpent, killed by Ninurta

Ušumgallu (“great serpent”)

Heracles/Hercules vs Hydra

Dionysus identies him with

Belus (euphrates)

Ammon (lybia)

Apis (nile)

Cronus (arabia)

Assyrian Zeus

Ser-Apis (Osiris Apis)



Delphic Apollo

The snake and phallus were symbols of Dionysus in ancient Greece, and of Bacchus in Greece and Rome.[72][73][74] He typically wears a panther or leopard skin and carries a Thyrsus – a long stick or wand topped with a pine cone. His iconography sometimes include maenads, who wear wreaths of ivy and serpents around their hair or neck.[75][76][77]

St. Michael / George and the Dragon







Jaweh vs Levithian Hebrew)

Jaweh battled a snake, Tiamat.








Hydra vs Hercules (Greek)






Dragon vs St. George (Europe, this particularly in st. mark square, Venice)





mdugud vs Ninurta  (Sumeria)

Balaur vs Făt-Frumos (Romanian)

Man in snake Olmec. JJ ainsworth pointed out some relations between Egypt and the olmec symbolis

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I added to that the relief in chalcatzingo which was not in JJ’s original collage but she did visit it.  Man in snake rock art at Olmec site in Chalcatzingo. 


Man in snake Egypt (Isis temple Philae) Photo by JJ Ainsworth

The god Nilus or Hapimou encircled by the serpent of eternal years. (Sir John Gardner Wilkinson.) –> orobourous/time

Egypt book found in tuthankomon book of the netherworld

Papyrus of Dama-Heroub (ouroborous, the serpent eating its own tail.

First known representation of the ouroboros on one of the shrines enclosing the sarcophagus of Tutankhamun

Jörmungandr into the great ocean that encircles Midgard.[2] The serpent grew so large that it was able to surround the earth and grasp its own tail.[2] As a result, it received the name of the Midgard Serpent or World Serpent. When it releases its tail, Ragnarök will begin.

Note from stijn van den Hoven. This serpent eating its own tail is ourobourous.




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