Please don't misoverstand the difference between pointing out western mindset and racial prejudice. Those comments would be equally applicable to any race with a western perspective.
Symbolism has layers upon layers of meaning, ready to be reveived by its observer, according his depth of sight and overstanding. It is no more simply symbolic of the letter "H" as it is in the Tetragrammaton of YHWH.
Aside from the already discussed symbol of "building blocks of Life, DNA, Kundalini, Milky Way, etc, it alsorepresents the concepts of:
- double vital force
- wick of twisted flax
For the record, the following is by a European archeologist who, as far as this subject is concerned, has transcended western understanding.
Cosmic Serpent: DNA and The Origins of Knowledge - By Jeremy Narby
"These enormous snakes are there, my eyes are closed and I see a spectacular world of brilliant lights, and in the middle of these hazy thoughts, the snakes start talking to me without words. They say that I am just a human being. I feel my mind crack, and in the fissures, I see the bottomless arrogance of my presuppositions. It is profoundly true that I am just a human being, and, most of the time, I have the impression of understanding everything, whereas here I find myself in a more powerful reality that I do not understand at all and that, in my arrogance, I did not even suspect existed. I feel like crying in view of the enormity of these revelations. Then it dawns on me that this self-pity is a part of my arrogance. I feel so ashamed that I no longer dare feel ashamed"
"This meant that the gaze of the Western specialist was too narrow to see the two pieces that fit together to resolve the puzzle. The distance between molecular biology and shamanism/mythology was an optical illusion produced by the rational gaze that separates things ahead of time, and as objectivism fails to objectivity its objectifying relationship, it also finds it difficult to consider its presuppositions."
"My investigation had led me to formulate the following working hypothesis: In their visions, shamans take their consciousness down to the molecular level and gain access to information related to DNA, which they call “animate essences” or “spirits.” This is where they see double helixes, twisted ladders, and chromosome shapes. This is how shamanic cultures have known for millennia that the vital principle is the same for all living beings and is shaped like two entwined serpents (or a vine, a rope, a ladder…). DNA is the source of their astonishing botanical and medicinal knowledge, which can be attained only in defocalized and “nonrational” states of consciousness, though its results are empirically verifiable. The myths of these cultures are filled with biological imagery. And the shamans’ metaphoric explanations correspond quite precisely to the descriptions that biologists are starting to provide.
DNA: An Ancient Knowledge
Like almost everything we are “discovering” today, mankind has known about DNA for many thousands of years. They may not have known about the exact chemical structure of the molecule, or the exact mechanisms of its function, but when we examine the symbols, allegories, creation myths and medicine of the ancients, we find that DNA is described in them. But DNA is a molecule too small to be seen without the aid of electron microscopy. How could ancient civilizations, which, as far as we know, had no such technology, know about DNA?
The first obstacle to such understanding lies with our misguided faith in Darwinism, whose theories included or led to, among others, the fallacy that any civilization older than ours must inherently be less intelligently and technologically evolved. So when we see symbols, allegories and myths that seem to be describing DNA, no matter how compelling the evidence, modern “science” sweeps the evidence under the carpet, because it interferes with the Gospel. As we see time and again, for a branch of thought (science) supposedly functioning as the antithesis of religion, its mindset is every bit as dogmatic as the most rigid religious beliefs. In fact the pathology that led to scientific discoveries, such as the heliocentric model of the solar system, being suppressed is very much alive and well today in the minds of a disturbingly large percentage of scientific community.