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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 

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.



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