[LMB] Penric and the Shaman discussion
M. Haller Yamada
thefabmadamem at yahoo.com
Sun Jul 7 10:43:12 BST 2019
Penric and the Shaman is novella #2 of the Penric series,
and the one where we learn more about Penric, Desdemona
and the shamanic magics of the Weald.
1. Desdemona is adorable. There's an essential childishness
about her that is really appealing. When the princess-
archdivine bids Penric to attend to her, Desdemona
responds with a great deal of glee. "Hurrah!" said Des.
"Something new? An outing? An airing . . .?"
Of course, she's sick of being pent up inside Penric, who is
doing boring copywork (from her viewpoint), and she wants
out. She wants an adventure.
How much of this do you suppose is basic demon chaos,
and how much has she inherited from her past riders?
2. This is a book where we get a detailed, side-by-side
accounting of Five God theology vs. the older Weald
religion. Penric is a sorcerer divine; Inglis is a new shaman.
In the same way that a great beast is formed from soul
after soul (soul? essence?) of dog or boar or whichever
animal, "great humans" (see Horseriver) are formed with
human after human.
Is a demon the crystal seed of a "great human"? The
"shaman" that guides spirit after spirit to release its
essence into the demon?
The big difference is that the soul is taken up after a
demon transfers to a new rider (usually, at least).
After a human transfers . . . the soul needs to be
released by human intervention -- the shaman must
So . . . is the demon a sort of intuitive shaman?
I've got more questions, but maybe that's enough
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