Friday, 12 August 2016

Mixed Mythologies

Operation Chaos (New York, 1995).

It gets complicated. To answer some of my own questions in the previous post, it seems that all the Catholic stuff works in the goetic universe because the chaplain says that it is permissible to use holy water as a weapon against Low World beings and even to squirt it at them. However, Matuchek and Graylock are about to engage a powerful demon controlled by Muslims who do not have relevant rituals and who therefore do not use any beings affected by holy water.

Conscious of the danger of the mission, Matuchek realizes that he might be spending his "...last night on Midgard..." (p. 13) although Midgard as a location is neither Christian nor Muslim but Norse pagan. Maybe that should be " Midgard..." because Midgard is the middle enclosure, midway between Asgard, the enclosure of the Aesir/gods, and Utgard, the outer enclosure of the jotuns/giants?

But, as I said, I will probably not try to keep track of every esoteric detail because it gets complicated and interrupts the flow of the narrative.


Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

I think Steven Matuchek was simply being "literary," using a word like "Midgard." He simply thought that might be his last night alive on EARTH.


Paul Shackley said...

I agree on that score.