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The self-devouring serpent

I see an image in some Celtic knotwork that looks like a serpent, or perhaps a lion, or something, that is round and eating its own tail.
Does anyone wknow what this is, or have a picture of it?
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I have heard about that before just don't know were
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is this what you are looking for?

if so it is called the Ourboros. It is realy more of a Norse symbol, as far as I have researched. Know the Norse and the Celts have a lot of merged symbolism.
In Norse mythology it appears as the serpent Jormungand, one of the 3 children of Loki, who grew so large that it could encircle the world and grasp its tail in its teeth. In the legends of Ragnar Lodbrok, such as Ragnarssona þáttr, the Geatish king Herraud gives a small lindorm as a gift to his daughter Þora Town-Heart after which it grows into a large serpent which encircles the girl's bower and bites itself in the tail. The serpent is slain by Ragnar Lodbrok who marries Þora. Ragnar later has a son with another woman named Kráka and this son is born with the image of a white snake in one eye. This snake encircled the iris and bit itself in the tail, and the son was named Sigurd Snake-Eye.
http://altreligion.about.com/library/graphics/symbols/bldefsouroboros.htm

here is a link that says it is Egyption...
It also is said to be Greek and Christion..in some nore of my findings...
Could be an intresting thing to research...
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I have always been taught that it means inffinity/Timelessness; a bit like the Egyptian Ankh I suppose!

As others have already said, it appears in a variety of different cultures but it is also interesting to note that snakes were always positive symbols, meaning health, healing and life until they were demonised by christianity.