(urth) Osterlings

Dan'l Danehy-Oakes danldo at gmail.com
Thu Dec 8 09:30:55 PST 2005

Dan R asks if anybody would

> > care to speculate as to how the
> > dietary habits of the Osterlings figure into the grand scheme?

And David D responds

> Probably for the same reason as historical anthropophagy, to get
> spiritual/magical power.

Uh, no. The Osterlings are described in the list of names in TK as
"People who eat other people to become more human." This is
indeed inhumu-like. This is part of a larger pattern in Wolfe of
devouring someone to become him/her, which I presume to be
a series of variations upon and especially perversions of the


I do not fear Satan half so much as I fear those who fear him.
                        -- St Teresa of Avila

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