August 29th, 2007


This weird little theological tidbit is courtesy of the mythology of a Brazilian Indian tribe. I took a course on it way back when I was getting a degree in anthropology, which has honestly mostly been good for writing weird bits of Digger.

Sadly, I can’t for the life of me remember which tribe it WAS–the Tupi or the Tupirape’ or the Kayapo or whoever, nor can I remember which group practiced endocannibalism, which was kind of an important thing to remember if you happened to be in the area a hundred years ago or so. But I remember the shadow becoming a deer and the breath becoming butterflies, and it was one of those strange beautiful tidbits that stuck with me even all these years later.

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Discussion (16)¬

  1. WuseMajor says:

    Perhaps the Shadowchild could learn to become a deer?

  2. Felixpath says:

    This is exactly the sort of thing I’m hoping to do with my anthropology degree. You rock.

  3. Dybael says:

    So what did the liver become?

  4. Eagle0600 says:

    Ed, probably.

  5. KreenWarrior says:

    Cool, I imagine it’s because of reptilian skin-shedding that lizards became known as the cast-off skins of dead men.

  6. Lemming says:

    They’re really sort of adorable, though. In spite of being dead skins of men.

  7. Silverfish says:

    The heart becomes a kingfisher — interesting! Hadn’t ever caught that before.

  8. Matthias says:

    “Shadows become dear” – and now, having read some of her other work before this, I have to wonder if this inspired the dream deer from the Little Creature story.

  9. Dragon mith says:

    What would be diggers face when murial
    says that?

  10. Dragon mith says:

    Sorry murai.

  11. Murasaki says:

    I want my liver to become an Ed. That would rock.

  12. BunnyRock says:

    @Matthias: yes, I’ve been wondering for some time if the shadow deer, and indeed the shadow predator in that tale may be part of the same otherworldly eco-system that includes our own Shadowchild.

  13. Lord the 22nd says:

    Murasaki, I quote thee!

  14. 13yaroza says:

    Lord the 22nd, I second thee’s motion!

    What? My comment is NOT late! Your late…er! >.>

  15. Lunah says:

    Holy… Kingfisher…

  16. jaynee says:

    “Fortunately, Murai avoided a potentially awkward moment of shared sanity by immediately descending into incomprehensibility as well”.

    That’s probably my favourite sentence of this comic, and maybe one of my favourites of all time.