From: "Andy Robertson"
Subject: (urth) Re: Baptising the Little Gods Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2002 20:59:12 +0100 ----- Original Message ----- From: "James Jordan" > Anyway, all this stuff in the Briah books is metaphorical for > symbolic (in some senses) Christian notions, not a nod toward literal Hindu > ones. But Catholicism is full of nods toward "literal Hindu" ideas. But I should not say "Hindu", but rather "Indo-European" - since the legend stream that gave us the Norse and Celtic gods has a common root with the one that gave rise to Hinduism. One of these "nods" is of course the resurgent Mother Goddess, Mary. Another is the bubbling profusion of Little Gods - who in Catholicism are called Saints. Another is the whole Matter of Arthur, and its cognate legends in other European cultures. Catholicism is (at least in human terms) a fusion of the monotheistc/judaistic root meme that arose in the eastern mediterranan with these older ideas, from North/Central Asia. As Christanity migrated away from its jewish roots and migrated north into Europe it accreted these old patterns of belief and thought and Christianised them - or, if you are a believer, you may chose to say it made them Holy. (I am urgent that you should not see this post as an attack on your religion, for it is not. Though I am an athiest, I was Christian once, and I believe that only those who love the Christian religion can truely understand Wolfe). The Briah cycle is profoundly about Little Gods, and the way their false godhood becomes a friend and figure of the True god. It bears repeatedly on the process by which humans become Little Gods - as Pas did, as Severian did, as Silk did, and as (we might say) - and, even more, and even more puzzlingly, it bears on the truely divine process of *making that holy*. I put it to you that this process is at the roots of Catholicism. hartshorn --