In the novel Angel Exterminatus by Graham McNeil, Fulgrim attains apotheosis and becomes a four-armed, serpentine Daemon Prince of Slaanesh. The serpent is a very ancient motif, laden with powerful symbolism.
Reptiles have long stirred deep feelings of fear and awe in humans. In East Asia, dragons are particularly serpent like. Some scientists have conjectured that mammals have been hard wired since the time of the dinosaurs to fear reptiles, and this may be why stories of dragons, though mythical, are near universal.
The serpent does not walk on feet like a normal animal. Nor does it travel in a straight line. Instead it slithers from side to side in a circuitous manner in a deceptive manner. In the Garden of Eden, it was a serpent that spoke honeyed words to Eve and tricked her into eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge.
Jormungandr, the great world serpent, surrounds Midgard in Norse myths and awaits its destruction. The Ouroboros represents the primal state, and the formless disorder that surrounds order and is involved in periodic renewal. The Egyptian deity Apep sought to swallow the sun, causing eclipses.
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