(urth) Hut in the Jungle

David Stockhoff dstockhoff at verizon.net
Wed Mar 18 15:41:09 PDT 2009

That scene is disorienting, isn't it? I completely overlooked it during the various X discussions. Yes, this is our world and our past.

My guess is that Wolfe is partly just telling/reminding us that his story is a play enacted on a stage. The intrusion indicates a relationship between worlds. Our lives are real; Severian's is shadow-play. It's a clue that the NS is not the OTC, in other words.

BTW, the woman is reading from Deuteronomy 34:1. No version I know.


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Ok, so I'm rereading NewSun again.

what the hell is going on in the Hut in the Jungle.

I understand that it serves to show us that one can time travel, without knowing it, by merely walking through certain spaces that are somehow set up for this. This makes that very clear. Robert mentions Paris, and we see a propeller plane, it's a window into Urth's past as Earth.

Others have pointed out that the text the Preceptress is reading is from the Old Testament (or was that NT?).  During that scene Agia uses the term Theoanthropos, God-Man, which is usually applied to Christ (any others?)
Is this to tell us that belief in Christ is part of the world.  
I understand that, as the translation device goes, Theoanthropos could apply to other God-men we haven't met, so it's not a necessary reading, but is that the intent?

Insangoma appears to be refering to the New Sun when he chants:
"He comes when the sun is setting,
See his feet upon the water!
Tracks of flame across the water"

and they feel the Tokoloshe, spirits from the future.
"Don't you see they are only the results of what we do? They are the spiritis of the future, and we make them ourselves?"
Is this just saying that the fallen state of Urth is contemporary Earth's doing, somehow?

and what is Insagoma's story about the nephew fishing?



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