Snake is the totem of the Armenians
For modern Armenians snake is a symbol of evil. But few people know that it was not like that in pagan times. Ancient Armenians worshiped snakes.
«According to a legend, each Armenian house had its invisible guardians. Snake brings happiness at home, they were insculped on the doors, on pillars and furniture of houses. Women wore ornaments in the form of a snake because snake was also a symbol of fertility. Snake cult explains such geographical names as Odzun (Odz – in Armenian snake) Odzaberd (snake fortress), Odzi get (Snake river), Odzi Kaghak ( Snaketown) etc. Also an Armenian word Kapa had two meaning: snake skin and people clothes. Moreover, Armenians worshiped harmless Snake (Lord), calling him an Armenian – hay».
But everything was forgotten after Christianity. Ancient peoples had an ambiguous attitude to the snakes. For example: «Sumerian god of wisdom was “Haya ” in the form of a snake. And more interesting fact is that when Bedouins say “Haya” – they mean snake. It’s interesting to know whether modern Bedouins know that «Hay» means an Armenian? Of course not, but their ancient ancestors knew it. Then they were afraid of Armenians more than snakes today. Ceres wrote: “The Bedouins hate snakes as any other animals. They are afraid of them and always kill with a loud cry – haya, haya !!! “» (Arman Revazyan “Makaratc”)
Another interesting fact is that the Jews considered the Armenians Amaleks, their enemies. Most likely that is why Jews hated snakes the most of all. That is why in the Bible the snake was represented as an antipode of God, the enemy of all people.
According to the research done by Nvard Sureni