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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 30 November 2015
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Snakes (nagas) can often be seen in Hindu art; they are demi-gods who represent water or the earth. Here, Vishnu sleeps on the coils of Ananta, the World Snake. He will awaken for the next cycle of creation which heralds the destruction of all things. From southern India, circa 14th century CE. (National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK)

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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Amin, O. S. M. (2015, November 30). Vishnu & Ananta. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Vishnu & Ananta." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 30 Nov 2015. Web. 31 Jul 2021.