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  • n. A member of a Gnostic snake-worshipping sect of the second century.


Latin Ophitae, plural. (Wiktionary)


  • From its descriptions, the book appears to be an anti-Ophite work, supporting the orthodox position that the serpent in the Garden of Eden was evil, rather than the Ophites' position that the serpent was a hero who tried to teach Adam and Eve in order to let them escape what the Ophites saw as an evil world created by a demiurge.

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • I am an Ophite myself and someday the truth shall be known to all.

    Book of Spells of Serpents

  • I came to a goodlie bridge, and vppon the same, in a Porphyrite stone vppon the one side, and an Ophite vpon the other, I beheld engrauen certaine Hieragliphs, both which I did interprete, but I stoode doubtfull of certaine branches, that were tyed to the hornes of the scalpe of the Oxe, and the rather because they were in the Porphyrite stone, and not in the Ophit vpon the other side.

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame

  • It stood streight vp, fastened in the center of a Plynth, made of greene Ophite which was rounde, and somewhat lifted vp aboue, about compassing Porphyr, some fiue inches, whiche was curiously wrought with diuers lyneaments.

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame

  • The difference is noticeable when the systems of Valentinus and his scholars are compared with the speculations of other Gnostics such as the Ophite sects.

    The Beginnings of Christianity. Vol. II.

  • Hercules, now known as the Straits of Gibraltar, they crossed to our continent, and founded a great empire of the Ophite worship, with Syrian and Egyptian symbols.

    Diary in America, Series Two

  • What can this description allude to, this δρακων πεπτωκως, but the ruins of an antient Ophite temple; which is represented in this enigmatical manner to raise admiration?

    A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume II. (of VI.)

  • From what has been said, I hope, that I have thrown some light upon the history of this primitive idolatry: and have moreover shewn, that wherever any of these Ophite colonies settled they left behind from their rites and institutes, as well as from the names, which they bequeathed to places, ample memorials, by which they may be clearly traced out.

    A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume II. (of VI.)

  • These serpents were of the same nature as the [514] birds of Diomedes, and the dogs in the temple of Vulcan: and these histories relate to Ophite priests, who used to spare their own people, and sacrifice strangers, a custom which prevailed at one time in most parts of the world.

    A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume II. (of VI.)

  • Many temples were erected to the Ophite God: and many cities were denominated from him.

    A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume II. (of VI.)


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