Monday, 2 July 2012
Maurai Religion: First Impressions
The Maurai are pagan. One refers to "Shark-toothed Nan" and another to "...ancestors..." (2) The latter, Ruori, also thinks of a "Bispo" (Bishop) as a high priest, is unsure how to address him and does not understand the word "immodest." But Ruori is educated enough to recognize that the deity "Esu Carito" of whom the Bispo is a high priest is "...cognate with the Maurai Lesu Haristi." (3)
The Meycan city visited by the Maurai and attacked by the Sky People is Christian. It has a cathedral with a statue of "S'Ose" (?) and a bishop who refers to "...el Dio's punishment...". (3) A young woman crosses herself when the Bispo refers to "...judgment..." (3)
The unmarried young women of the city are chaperoned whereas the Maurai have brought "wahines" and Ruori would like to make love to his host's daughter on first acquaintance.
There will be more but this is considerable information to gain from the opening pages.
Addendum, 2/7/12: Near the end of this first story, Ruori invokes "...great creating Tanaroa...," the remaining member of the Maurai trinity. (4)
(1) Anderson, Poul, "The Sky People" IN Anderson, P, Maurai And Kith, New York, 1982, pp. 9-71 AT p. 12.
(2) ibid., p. 14.
(3) ibid., p. 16.
(4) ibid., p. 69.