(urth) Ultan's Library Shadows of the New Sun Interviews
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Wed Jun 19 16:25:33 PDT 2013
If Kypris is in proper relation to the Outsider, then she's just love, isn't she? If you worship Love as a goddess while not serving the Outsider, then she's a destructive and terrible goddess. If you serve love in right relation to the Outsider, then she's a good force. Isn't that some of what's going on?
Incidentally, you have similar themes in There Are Doors. Love's a great thing, and that's why Mama (the church) is all in favor of pursuing it ... the right way. But love is also a deadly and dangerous thing and it can become an destructive and demonic idol.
From: David Stockhoff <dstockhoff at verizon.net>
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On 6/19/2013 4:55 PM, Andrew Mason wrote:
> Lee Berman wrote:
> (p.s. Heh, be careful! In one interview, Gene Wolfe was explicit
> in specifying
> Aphrodite as the sex goddess, not the love goddess, along with
> Ares as a soldier
> god rather than the god of war. I assume that has significance to
> his work.)
> True: yet the Whorl goddess Kypris, whose name derives from a title of
> Aphrodite, is certainly a love goddess and not just a sex goddess.
> (She inspires Mint, for instance, with love of the city.) I would
> guess this is an example of the Wolfean theme of people growing into
> their assigned roles; if enough people see her as a love goddess, that
> is what she will be.
Yes, and sex-to-love has plain implications in terms of personal as well
as cultural maturity, not to mention closeness-to-God.
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