dstockhoff at verizon.net
Thu Mar 19 18:36:16 PDT 2009
Not at all. But I'm allowing myself to be understood too literally.
I'm suggesting that Wolfe rewrites or incorporates myths and mythical systems, and that we can easily recognize elements from time to time. So Pas is obviously Zeus; certain people have a certain resonance with Christ, some characters resemble angels, others fairy-tale monsters, and still others are people who can't be seen unless they want you to see them. Like the Little People of Ireland, the Neighbors once lived on Blue but now have gone away and will never be seen again. Or not.
Divinity has nothing to do with it, in other words. It's more about niches in literary ecosystems. Just as a horse goddess could be worshiped across pre-Roman Europe under dozens of names, figures out of myth can easily be mixed up and switched around.
Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2009 14:22:33 -0700
From: Jordon Flato <jordonflato at gmail.com>
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I'm not sure where you fall on the 'hierodules' argument, but hopefully, you
are not one to see them as "insect beings" who have no divinity or
legitimate connection with divinity. Otherwise, it seems like it would be
hard to make the case for the Neighbors having that quality and not the
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