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From: Carlos Martinho <carlosom71@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: (urth) Re:  Digest urth.v026.n008
Date: Sat, 1 May 1999 17:54:10 

> The "chruch
> invisible" is the deeper mystical elements that
> would exist even if
> all churches were destroyed.

This is a very interesting point. When I started to
read TSOTT (and I didn't know where things were going
to), I thought, at first, that the myths about the
"Conciliator" and the "New Sun" were some sort of
memory of Christianity, just weakened, warped by time.
And I don't know why, but I always thought of Dr Talos
play as some sort of Gospel, just warped by time and
age (as the Minotaur myth, in the story of the
cannon-boat in the labyrinth). 

Severian as the Second Coming? I guess it's a possible
interpretation. But it leads us to a sort of
egg-and-chicken question: in the past of TBOTNS world
(suposing that the history, there, was similar to
ours) was Christianity just a mythical interpretation
of alien/science events, or are the alien/science
events of TBOTNS a materialistic interpretation of
mystical ones? Or doesn't it matter at all?

Those questions, I believe, make the whole of Wolfe's
work even richer; they are not meant to be answered,
but to enlarge the reader's worldview while pondering
about them.
"The nostalgia of things unknown, of lands forgotten or
 unfound, is upon me at times. Often I
 long for the gleam of yellow suns upon terraces
 of translucent azure marble, mocking the 
windless waters of lakes unfathomably calm"

Clark Ashton Smith, "Nostalgia of the Unknown"
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