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A small — but prickly — detail of one of the new “American Horror Story” posters.

“American Horror Story” released more posters Wednesday for the new season, but it would appear they’re not revealing that much.

This of course leaves us to fend for ourselves in putting the pieces together. One of the posters shows those now recognizable black heels floating over a line of desks, while another pans to a girl in a white gown, completely suspended in mid air and screaming with pins stabbed all throughout her body. Yet the posters I was drawn to more than anything were the countless nods to a repeating snake theme.

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These boots are made for casting…. spells.

One of them features another snake being swallowed while the other poster depicts the creature slithering its way under the bottom of Laveau’s skirt, her eyes hastily scratched out. In typical Christian culture, the snake is widely considered as cunning, evil, and a representation of The Devil (you’ve probably heard of that one story about Adam and Eve). However in voodoo lore and belief, the snake is seen as sacred and even worshipped, much like cats in ancient Egypt. According to the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum website, Li Grand Zombi is the original snake deity or Voodoo spirit and some may say it’s connected with Marie Laveau’s snake which was also worshipped during her rituals.

The only thing that doesn’t make sense to me is that black snakes are often used in voodoo practices, but nowhere does it really mention white snakes which is what “Coven” keeps showing us. Is it just a coincidence or is there something to this black snake vs. white snake debate? Am I totally over-analyzing themes and symbolism in the teasers?

I guess all we can do is wait for those answers. Sit tight. There’s more to come.

(And check this brand new teaser with footage of the series!)

Hillary Welsh

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