Sprawling vistas, year round snow capped mountains, the drive to Lake Louise is a destination unto itself. For decades people would save postcards of the famed lake, hoping that one day they would view its beauty in person.
The photos I saw of the lake were so dreamy. So I was inspired to wear something enchanting. A visit here called for lace & snake jewelry!
Snakes are rare in Banff National Park (where the lake resides) and non existent at Lake Louise, I didn’t let that deter me from wearing my slithery jewels, what’s a little invasive species in the name of fashion? Besides the history of snake jewelry is a long and culturally significant one, so I didn’t think Lake Louise would mind!
Mankind’s earliest documented fascination with snakes began in Africa, 70,000 years ago from the Sans people of Botswana.They believed men descended from a python. In a remote cave near their home territory an enormous snake statue, 20 feet long was discovered. Surrounding the statue were ritualistically burned spearheads. It was an amazing discovery because it overturned the idea that the first time human rituals were performed was in France 40,000 years ago.
Snake jewelry appears in just about every major civilization. In ancient Egypt the ouroboros, (or snake eating its tail), signified the cyclicality of life, this concept is found also in Native American, Norse, Greek & Indian cultures. In East Asia dragons, a mystical being, (its creation inspired by snakes) meant wisdom and great powers. This carved (see below) dragon archaic jade dates to 1000 BC and was used for burial ornamentation.
Both of my snakes are inspired by ancient civilizations. The silver bracelets I got at the MET a couple years ago, they were originally a bright silver, but I patinated them to give them more depth. They are a reproduction from an ancient Egyptian bracelet 300 – 250 bc. The ring I found at Brimfield Antique Market last year, I believe its celtic in aesthetic, though its design is inspired by ancient middle eastern cultures. The idea of two serpents entwined as a symbolism for healing, originated in ancient Iran & Syria. You can still see entwining snakes being used in the modern day caduceus, a symbolism of modern medicine.
While at the lake two men were swimming, they deserve some sort of recognition for this as the lake water is rarely above 5c or 40F in temperature.
They inspired me to jump in..
hehe well almost
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