The origin of snake worship goes back to
ram antiquity. But in no part of the world is snake worship still such a live tradition as
in Kerala. In almost eve house the southwest corner of the compound is set apart for a
snake shrine called sarpakavu. The propitiation o the serpent god is considered essential
to the well being and prosperity of the family. Incidentally, with snake worship came also
the principle that what is feared is respected.
Author - K.R. Vaidyanathan