Demon’s Chronicle VII – Seraph, by Ridureyu
Funny thing – the word “Seraph” isn’t a particularly angelic one; it simply means “burning thing.” It’s used to describe fiery stuff, and also snakes whose venom makes you feel like you are on fire. The only time the word is applied to angels is in Isaiah’s vision:
“Above Him stood the Seraphim; each had six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.” (Isaiah 6:1–3) The seraphim cry continually to each other, “Holy, holy, holy, is YHWH of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory.”
So essentially, “Above God stood THESE BURNING THINGS WITH THE EYES AND THE WINGS AND AUUUGUH!” (Isaiah did say the equivalent of “I am so dead” right after). Well, that says a lot! Some traditions portray Seraphim as dragons or serpents, in going with the older use of the word…
Wait… Flying, burning winged snakes? But what about the covered feet? Well, some (a lot of) tradition implies that, before the Fall, snakes had legs. So, Seraphim looking like legged snakes would be, in essence, a statement that God owns creation even in spite of any sin that entered it.
And hey, humanoid or not, this figure does have a covered face and feet – there’s one specific angle from which you’re supposed to view it.
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