The Slovenian Post has issued a stamp dedicated to the Snake, this year's symbol according to the Chinese horoscope.
The snake is a very common subject of veneration in various cultures around the world. The fact that it also plays an important part in the Chinese environment can be seen in the fact that it is one of the 12 animals in the Chinese horoscope. In Chinese mythology, many beings have a human head and snake's body, for instance Pangu, who supposedly separated the Sky and Earth. The folk tradition states that a snake that lives to be a hundred grows a little horn on its head, giving it spiritual dimensions. Such snakes may not be harmed, let alone killed, for that would bring misfortune. And equally, if you encounter a snake near your home, it is a sign of luck. Furthermore, snakes can supposedly distinguish which herbs are healing and which are not, while snakes themselves can be used almost entirely for making medicines. It is generally true that the snake brings good fortune and wealth, and along with the tortoise and crane it symbolizes long life.