HYGEIA feeding the serpent

The Goddess of Health was the daughter of Asclepius, the God of medicine. Ancient Greek mythology tells of  Hygeia tending her father’s temples with a bowl of medicinal potion from which the serpent of wisdom drank. Hygeia (Hygiene)is the personification of good health, both mentally and physically, and is associated with health maintenance, cleanliness and the prevention of disease. Her sisters were  Panacea who was associated with the concept of treatment and Iaso who personified remedies. Hygeia is always seen draped with a serpent who is feeding from her bowl. Many of us associate the snake with poison but in the ancient world they were seen as creatures of power, wisdom, transformation, healing and regeneration. Hygeia’s symbol was the bowl and serpent and today, the ‘Bowl of Hygeia’ is used by many pharmacological associations worldwide.The original Hippocratic Oath began with “I swear by Apollo the Physician and by Aesculapius and by Hygeia and Panacea and by all the gods …”   She teaches us to care for ourselves and to keep our mortal bodies as healthy as  possible ….. I AM HEALTH

HYGEIA feeding the Serpent

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Linda Hill
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