The Trinity, the Frog Effigy and Symbolism at Ohio's Famous Serpent Mound

The Trinity, the Frog Effigy and Symbolism at Ohio's Famous Serpent Mound


History of Adams County Ohio, 1888

     Prof. McLean, author of several popular works on archaeology, dis- 
covered that there are two other crescent-shaped elevations between the 
precipice and the north extremity of the egg-shaped figure, extending 
nearly parallel with the curves forming the north extremity of the oval, 
which he thinks are intended to represent the hind legs of a frog leaping 
from the precipice to the creek below. It is his theory that the frog, the 
oval, and the serpent are symbolical of the three forces in Nature: the 
creative, the productive, and the destructive; the frog representative of 
the first ; the oval, an egg emitted by it as it leaps from the precipice to the 
creek below, the second ; and the serpent in the act of swallowing the egg, 
the third.