I have a lot of thoughts on this article, the first being "Soylent amnestics is people?"
The first thing I did was Google the title, because it was a neat word, and knowing the religious background kind of spoiled one of the big reveals. Not the worst thing in the world, and it won't seem like a rehash to anyone who doesn't reflexively Google stuff.
The gist I'm getting is this isn't so much about the fear of death, but the fear of being forgotten after death, and I'm not certain it communicates that fear well. I mean, Krishnamoorthy up and says it, but that's not the same thing as letting it linger in the mind of the reader.
But I guess the main idea is that the serpent that will be around after everything else is gone poops goop that makes amnestics way good, on account of it muddles the mind with memories from alternate realities. (Or, I guess, it could be the memories of people it's eaten.) The end result isn't so much memory loss as extreme confusion. I guess I can't actually conceive of the death of cognition, go figure.
I wouldn't be surprised if this thing inspired the legends of Shesha.
EDIT: What the heck crosslinks are people talking about? I am just not seeing these.