Strangers at the Crossroads

I was in high school when I first read English writer Bruce Chatwin’s 1987 offering The Songlines. The book is many things, a complicated pastiche of a work, traversing territory as broad and varied as the customs of Australian Aborigines, the eccentricities of European expats set up in the Australian Outback, and evolutionary anthropology and [...]

Children, but not Siblings

Oh they’re a motley, problem crew, these Children of Erlik. And how not? Darkness, Courage & Bravery, Chaos, Evil, Disaster, Defeat, Iron & Mining, Informants, Discord: that’s a cohort worthy of Pandora’s fateful box. The leadership are alternately unpredictable, acting under cover of darkness, courageous but given to bravado. The apologist is on the warpath, [...]

Who is Erlik?

Erlik, Erlig, Erklik or Erlik Khan (equivalent to Hungarian Ördög) is the god of death and Tamag or ‘hell’ in Turkic and Mongolian mythology. Erlik didn’t start out as a god, however. One day, the high creator god Ulgan noticed a clump of mud floating on the primordial waters and thought it seemed to have [...]