In Traditional Chinese parables, there is a story about a farmer and a snake:
Long time ago, in a frosting winter, an old man was pacing slowly on frozen water for home.
Some time later, he saw a strange stick lying on the ground. Despite the heavy snow splashing into his face, he went forth and found out the strange twisted stick was not a stick at all, but a frozen snake.
The farmer braced the snake into his chest, and kept on heading his way home.