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Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 22:31:49 -0800
Subject: Re: (urth) Typhon and Severian
From: Lisa Schaffer-Doggett 

On Monday, March 10, 2003, at 11:56 AM, Chris wrote:

>> Crush responds:
>> I'm not sure what part you don't agree with, but I'll take a shot at 
>> an
>> answer to the best of my ability.
> Chris backpedals:
> What I don't agree with is that there is a Herod-Typhon connection, 
> and I agree strongly with most of what you just said.
> I also wouldn't go so far as to say there is a Herod-Satan connection; 
> I merely think that there are a couple of similarities which can lead 
> to mistaking a Typhon-Satan connection with a Typhon-Herod 
> association, *if you happen to be looking for it*. Herod, for example, 
> is also a tempter - whether he believes Jesus has the powers he claims 
> or not, he tries to goad Jesus into using his power (for unworthy 
> ends?). It's not too off the wall to see Herod as a somewhat satanic 
> character, imho, but I don't know that this is grounds to say that 
> Herod is a representation or stand-in for Satan as such.
> In any event, this probably qualifies as over-analysis, because while 
> the Jesus/Satan parallel with Severian/Typhon is obvious, it is not 
> *complete*.
Don replies quickly as his wife wants to go walk and Latro awaits:

The Typhon Herod connection is in King Jesus in that Herod wants to 
revive the cult of Set/Typhon which involves the hierarchy as well of 
the Goddess.  In the book Jesus is a direct descendant of Herod.  His 
father is Herod Antipater, Herod the Great's heir.  The connection 
between the two books is symbolic rather than parallel.


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