> I think that there is a distinction to be made between
> "veneration" and "worship".
> To venerate implies to have a 'great respect for' or a 'great
> regard for' while the word 'worship' is more specifically
> associated with 'adoration of a deity.'
> The former is therefore associated with feelings of admiration
> or even fear while the latter is exclusively associated with
> faith and religious rites.
> In this respect, it is arguable that in some cultures the
> serpent was only venerated while in others it indeed appears to
> have been deified and worshipped.
I know many ancient peoples and some contemporary people worship and/or venerate animals in a religious or spiritual context, but that's something I'm not interested in personally.