"This growing feeling was due to Mr. Brown, the white missionary, who was very firm in restraining his floc from provoking the wrath of the clan. One member in particular was very difficult to restrain. His name was Enoch and his father was the priest of the snake cult."

Many ancient and Bronze Age cultures have worshipped snakes, believing that serpents offered strength or renewal. Even today, parts of Hinduism and Buddhism worship Nāgas, which are snakes.