SERPENT WORSHIP in SOUTHERN AFRICA – Oldest ritual worship site found!

SERPENT WORSHIP IN SOUTHERN AFRICA – Historians are generally divided about the true history of Southern Africa. There is much historical evidence to suggest that advanced civilisations inhabited Southern Africa from around 250 000 years ago, which pre-dates any known civilisation on Earth. In fact much controversy surrounds these ancient discoveries, as official mainstream history taught in schools and universities, does not account for mining or industrial civilisations existing until around 12 000 years ago. However, there is an overwhelming and undeniable amount of evidence to be found indicating that history as we have been taught, is in fact completely false. There have been many ancient ruins and artefacts found which indicates that various mining community lived and thrived in Southern Africa long before any recorded civilisations are known to have existed.

Aerial picture of an ancient gold mine in southern Africa
Aerial picture of an ancient gold mine in southern Africa


Aerial picture of Ancient ruins of a 250 000 year old lost city in South Africa
Tsodilo Hills in Northwestern Botswana
Tsodilo Hills in Northwestern Botswana
Serpent Cave in Tsodilo Hills, Botswana, Southern Africa
Serpent Cave in Tsodilo Hills, Botswana, Southern Africa

One of the more interesting parts of Southern Africa, is an area in nornwestern Botswana, which forms part of the Okavango, a magnificent part of Africa to visit.  This is where you will find the Tsodilo Hills and the oldest ritual worship site ever found, some estimates at 70 000 years.  A very interesting feature of the Tsodilo Hills is the vast amount of ancient artwork found there. There are over 4 500 rock paintings at the site, some dating back over 25 000 years, making this one of the densest collections of ancient rock art to have been found, and possibly the oldest artworks ever discovered.

The ancient San peoples who inhabited the area, reference the Tsodilo Hills as the “Mountain of the Gods”, and it is the only uplifted hill like area for over a 100 kilometres in all directions.  These hills are of great cultural and spiritual significance to the local San peoples of the Kalahari, who believe Tsodilo is the birthplace of all life, and that mankind was descended from the serpent, and it was the descendants of the first people who created the rock art found there.   The association of serpent deities with the creation myth, or our beginnings, is a constantly reoccuring theme across many different cultures.  As is the case with most churches, temples and other sacred places of worship, the San believe that the Tsodilo Hills are a resting place for spirits of the deceased, and that these spirits will cause misfortune and bad luck if anyone hunts or causes death near the hills.  This place if revered and treated with the respect given to sacred ground.

The paper / report  of analysis of the excavation conducted by Professor Sheila Coulson of the University of Oslo, gives one an in depth scientific data about the site.


There is clear and distinct evidence of ritual activity at the site, which is inextricably linked with serpent worship. Evidence of rituals and sacrifices to serpent gods / deities is prevalent in many cultures across the world.  Ritual and the worship of gods / deities, and the making of offerings or sacrifices to the gods in ritual ceremonies, is the very root of all cult ritualism, and the origins of paganism, religion and CULTure. Ophiolatry is the practice of worshipping serpent gods / deities, and is the root belief system / religion, from which all other religions have evolved, thus making the Serpent Cave the oldest evidence of Ophiolatry / serpent deity worship.

The Biblical book of REVELATIONS 12:9, identifies the serpent as the great dragon:

“The great dragon was hurled down–that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him”      

Evidence of serpent worship ritual sites and temples are scattered all over the ancient world, but the Tsodilo Hills Serpent Cave is the oldest such site that has ever been found.  Here are a few examples of serpent worship temples scattered across the world and across all major religions.           

Serpents were carved into pillars of the 11 000 year old temple ruin in Turkey known as Gobekli Tepe


Serpents on the remains of an ancient temple complex in Chichen Itsa, Mexico


Serpents depicted on an ancient Egyptian temple


Serpents are depicted on the Naga stones of the Bull Temple in Bangalore


Buddhism is a religion rooted in Ophiolatry, as indicated by the prevalence of serpents often accompanying Buddhist shines and statues


Snake stones found in Hindu Temples


A bronze sculpture of a serpent in the Basilica of Saint Ambrogio in Milan, Italy.

The discovery of the Serpent Cave brings into light the long-standing Kalahari Debate about the origins of the San people, who are a relatively small group of people whose communities are scattered throughout the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa. They are well known for practicing a hunter / gatherer subsistence strategy of existence, such as foraging for food, as well as hurding cattle, whilst maintaining a very nomadic and adaptable way of life, even in the face of changing external circumstances.  The San are thought to be the original inhabitants of southern Africa, and are thought to have been the only ethnic African group to have migrated or travelled south of the Kalahari Desert by the time the Dutch East India Company arrived in 1652.

There were no native African tribes settled on the land in that became the Cape Colony.  The San only began practices of farming in the 1970s, and it is claimed by traditional anthropologists, archaeologists and historians, that the San were isolationist, and not part of the greater Kalahari / African economy or culture.  This however is not true.

The discovery of the Serpent Cave proves this, and presents a totally different picture of a culture of people who existed long ago, and who worshiped serpent deities, even performing rituals in honour of the serpent gods. The practice of worship of or attribution of divine or sacred nature to serpents, simply referenced as Ophiolatry, is a practice that can be found all over the world, including China, India, Cambodia, Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, Ancient Greece and Rome, Egypt, United Kingdom, Scandinavia and the Americas, North, Central and South.

According to Manly Palmer Hall, even the priests of what was Atlantis, practiced the worship of the golden serpent. From this it can be deduced that the San had not always been an isolated ethnographic group, rather they were a dispossessed and marginalized people, most likely as a result of war between ancient African Kingdoms and tribes further north, taking refuge in the tough desert terrain in order to avoid or escape from bad circumstances or hostile people.

Those that created the Serpent Cave, which is a site of ritual worship, did so in order to administer or adhere to a belief system / religion, that can be traced across the world, and across many different ethnographic groups in history. And thus it can be conclusively deduced that no matter how remote and isolated the existence and culture of the Kalahari San (commonly referenced as “Bushmen”) may seem, the Serpent Cave is clear evidence linking the ancient San people to an ancient serpent worshipping cultures, who’s influence has spread across the world, clearly influencing the Kalahari San people from as far back as 70 000 years ago.

Ophiolatry continues to this very day, masked beneath various symbolic allegories. Many of our modern day cultural practices, such as religion, sport, music, theatre and art, are all rooted in ritual practices that originate with Ophiolatry, whilst having evolved into cultural pastimes, without our knowledge of their origins or occult ritual significance.

To learn more about Ophiolatry / serpent worship, and the associated symbols and rituals, please check out DRAGONOLOGY.

The truth is out there.  Keep searching

Peace Love Unity Respect

Mel Ve






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