From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes"
Subject: RE: (urth) Gnostic Wolfe Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2002 09:00:02 -0700 I wrote: > > that makes me think "Gnosticism." Rather, it is a > > reasonably orthodox sort of middle-Eastern > > polytheism -- the sort which preceded and developed > > into monothesitic Judaism And hartshorn responded: > Rather Hellenic or Nordic than Middle Eastern, I think. > > The enfolding of the impulse to address the divine (which > Silk feels and expresses in his *false* religion) by the real > divinity of the Outsider mirrors the "baptising" of european > native pantheism by invading monotheistic Christianity I see your point, and even agree with it -- there is a certain feel to the Whorldly pantheon that does remind one of (especially) the Greek gods; and naturally so, since they are to some not-insignificant extent patterned after them. But I was not speaking of the pantheon (which is, more or less, universal to the Whorl) but of the Chapter; and the forms and rituals of the Chapter (and especially that of the sacrificial rite) very much resemble those of the Middle East. --Blattid --