5. The Universal and the Particular
This is the one implicit aspect of the novel that I'd like to tease out. It's not openly stated, but I see the notion that the particular trumps the universal all through the book. Specifically, I'd like to think about the universal God that Casiopea has learned about but who is never a character in this book. This universal God is never encountered and never acts. Contrast that to all the other particular deities and supernatural entities in the book. Hun-Kamé himself relativizes and particularizes the European god who really doesn't have much power in the setting of the novel.
Dominant cultures very often universalize their experience, their myths, their gods, and the ultimate aspect of this is monotheism. My God happens to be the only God and is universally valid across cultures. This is a form of erasing the particularities of other cultures.
I think this novel subtly calls into question all the Western universals -- monotheism, objectivity, the West itself (meaning western Europe and White North America).
What did you think of this? Was it as light a touch as I'm imagining? Did it work?