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Inchoroi: Aliens or Demons? posted 14 April 2007 in The Thousandfold ThoughtInchoroi: Aliens or Demons? by Gravity Gun, Candidate

Are the Inchoroi evil?

Bakker's world is not Tolkien's, where good guys are easily identifiable by their noble blood, the stars bound to their brows, and the fact that they can't walk three steps without dripping chivalry all over the place. Who are the good guys here? I think they are in fact humanity itself, represented by Men of the Tusk. They are ignorant, murderous, treacherous, and fanatical. In other words, they are not merely frail, but often wicked. Yet they also brood over their own guilt, fall to knees with tears in joy or sorrow, and sacrifice the most precious thing they have -- their lives -- to atone and repent all their sins. The Inchoroi, it seems, possess all of men's wickedness, but none of men's guilty conscience and desire for redemption.

To put this in another perspective, I think of a tripartite world (yes yes I know this is just incredibly cliched -- everyone knows all Western stories come in three parts <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> ). You have two basic elements: Logos (reason/intellect) and flesh. On one extreme there is the Dunyain, creatures of pure Logos. They are, as have been implied many times in the book, not really human. Many readers have called Kellhus a sociopath. On the other extreme there is the Inchoroi, things of pure flesh. To them everything is done to satisfy the carnal. In the middle you have those who are tormented by both Logos and flesh -- humanity (and maybe Nonmen too).

In such a world, and if my formulations are correct, then perhaps Inchoroi DOES represent the ultimate evil, and the Dunyain would have been no different if not for the fact that Kellhus is beginning to transform. view post


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