“The notion of the Gnostics, above mentioned, probably originated in the tradition which ascribed superior wisdom to that reptile. "Be ye wise as serpents,” etc., was the injunction of Christ to his disciples. The principal hero-gods; Osiris, Taautus, Fohi, Cadmus, Quetzalcoatl, Kukulcan, each possessed the serpent emblem. According to Hindu legend, Buddha himself had a serpent-lineage.“

~ Sir Godfrey Higgins, The Celtic Druids