eli5: What is the meaning of a Ouroboros?


eli5: What is the meaning of a Ouroboros?

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That is the Midgardian Serpent (Norse Mythology) so big that it surrounds the world and is eating its own tail! Thus if it succeeds it kills itself.

It’s a very old symbol, and the meaning it has depends on who you’re asking.

As a dragon/snake eating its own tail, it sometimes symbolizes eternal cyclical/repeating behavior, as the reptile sustains itself by eating itself and can continue to do so for eternity.

It’s a tattoo signifying that the being is a homunculus, or a created being, typically a side effect of some foolish alchemist practicing taboo alchemy such as trying to revive one’s mother.