Friday, 7 December 2012

Gods And Forces II

We learn how Philon feels the Goddess. When invited to watch ritual sex:

"I myself had been gripped by Her, oh, if only there had been a girl for me!" (Anderson, Homeward And Beyond, New York, 1976, 203)

Coming into conflict with the Danes, some Jutes offer also to the main Danish gods, "...the warlike three called by the Romans Mars, Jupiter, and Mercury." (p. 205)

We know from other works Who these three are. Their names are rendered here as Tiwu, Thunarr and Wothen.

We have been told that only the king can see the image of the Goddess yet three women slaves who have been given a lot to drink are tied to the wagon and sent with him to wash the image. We can deduce what will happen to them if we do not remember it from Anderson's Time Patrol story, "Star of the Sea," although Philon does not understand yet.

I am still rereading "The Peat Bog." I suspect that, as in "The Forest," our hero will be horrified to learn of human sacrifice in this less advanced society.

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