Temple of Kashmyr

The Ourobouros is a symbol of the Orphic Mysteries, representing the cosmos encircled by the fiery creative spirit. The egg also represents the soul of the philosopher, and the serpent represents the mysteries. At the time of initiation, the shell is broken and the human emerges from the embryonic state of physical existence wherein it had remained through the fetal period of philosophic regeneration.

By symbols and metaphor people have sought to communicate to each other those thoughts which transcend the limitations of language.