Saturday, 28 June 2014
Gods And God
Poul Anderson does present a very few details about human religion after the Long Night. Evalyth "...from a half barbaric part of Kraken..." tells her unborn child, "You will grow up...as the gods meant you should."
-Poul Anderson, Flandry's Legacy (New York, 2012), pp. 663, 687.
In accordance with Krakenite custom, Evalyth intends to kill her Atheian husband's killer. In the absence of any contrary evidence, I will assume that Captain Jonafer is also from Atheia, the most civilized of the Allied planets. Jonafer appeals to Evalyth:
"'I hoped...that you'd agree to let the man go...'
"'In the name of God -'
"'Your God.'" (p. 700)
So we seem to have barbaric polytheist Krakenites and civilized monotheist Atheians? But no one makes any comparison of Lokonese cannibalism with Christian communion.