The animal which best resembles spaghetti—in both straight and wavy forms—is the serpent. The serpent has long been worshipped; there is even a special term for this—ophiolatry. The ancient culture of the Australian Aborigines honours the Rainbow Serpent, who is credited with creating much of the landscape. The motif of the serpent around the tree or stick is widespread. The Norse religion had the World Serpent twined around Yggdrasil, the primal tree. Still today the twin serpents around a staff symbolise healing through the grace of Hippocrates, by whom modern physicians swear an oath not to overcharge their patients. The book of Exodus, while containing much that is unreliable, is doubtless correct in describing the contest between Mosey and the Egyptian priests, turning their boring old sticks into serpents. The best moment comes in the book of Genesis, when the animal with the forked tongue, twined around a tree, instructs the woman to resist authority and explore the world. Whereas the Lord represents the power to be obeyed, the fork in the serpent’s tongue represents a choice, like a fork in the road. So the serpent stands for the realisation of human potential and the difficulty of choosing among various sorts of pasta on the menu of an Italian restaurant. Truly the prologue to the Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster hath said, the forked tongue is the language of science, the development of theories based on empirical observation. Being on the side of unthinking subservience, the Christian church has misrepresented the serpent as evil, in an attempt to turn people away from the FSM and independent thought.
The serpent is thus the essential sacred animal in the Pastafarian cosmos, although it is also true that worms, as spaghetti-like animals, are important in the life of Charles Darwin and the development of the theory of evolution. Serpents complement the parrot as the sacred bird associated with pirates.
Another important religion is Zoroastrianism, in which fire is worshipped. It is surely significant that Zoroaster/Zarathustra, the prophet of the sacred pasta cooking fire, had a sacred serpent and eagle, there being not much difference between a parrot and an eagle (Friedrich Nietzsche, Also Sprach Zarathustra).