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From: Dan Parmenter <dan@lec.com>
Subject: (whorl) Hierodule = alien, not Hierogrammate
Date: 21 Mar 2001 13:29:00 

Bob Borski Bawled:

> I'm surprised this argument wasn't resurrected by its proponents earlier,
> citing the "Merryn had problems with animals too" line, which seems to
> support the notion--especially if you buy into my theory that Merryn is the
> biological daughter of the Cumaean.

> Unfortunately, the Cumaean-as-inhumu argument seems severely undercut by the
> following passage from URTH (p. 357), where Severian is talking to the alien
> Ossipago:
> ***********
> "...the Cumaean, she was a Hierodule, like you. Father Inire told me."
> Famulimus and Barbatus nodded.
> ***********
> Unless, of course, you're now arguing that the inhumi are creatures of
> Yesod...

Hold on.  I don't think that hierodule necessarily = hierogrammate.
My impression was that "Hierodule" covered all aliens.  Dr. Talos
suggests "extrasolarians" which might not include Martians but
definitely covers Inhumi.


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