From: "Alice K. Turner"
Subject: Re: Shapeshifting (was Re: (urth) Shadow Children in the Lupiverse?(attn. Tony Ellis)) Date: Sun, 5 May 2002 12:46:01 -0400 Without following the argument very closely, let me suggest that with the Annese, GW references the fairy tradition--he is not alone among good sf writers to do so. Faries are flummoxed by "cold iron"--i.e.tools. They can sometimes shapeshift. And they have been known to interbreed with humans, as well has to kidnap human children. I wouldn't nail it down to "fairies" in particular, but to the entire group of supernatural fairylike creatures in Western (and worldwide) legend. The indumi are more specifically akin to devils and the Neighbors to cherubim (even to the multiple limbs and the semi-visibility). Yes, of course there is the Australian "dreamtime," quite specifically. Not only but also. I just checked date for Bruce Chatwin's -Songlines-; published 1987. 5HC is 1972, but there was earlier material for GW (and BC) to research. -alga --