What Does a Tattoo of a Snake and a Knife Mean?

The tattoo of a snake and a knife depicts life as a never-ending struggle. It’s rooted in Irish customs and demonstrates how conflict recurs constantly throughout a person’s life.

The tattoo’s depiction of a knife represents a struggle. a battle that is being fought internally, one that has already been physically fought, or any other metaphorical interpretation of a battle. Because a modern knife is comparable to an old dagger, which was only used in combat, it has been a symbol in Irish culture for generations.

Because the snake represents regeneration and cycling through something, it might represent a constant or a cycle in a person’s life. These two symbols together literally signify to live a life of continual conflict.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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