'The Elements' is a fictional novel describing the environmental changes from the viewpoint of nature: the plants, the animals, the elements. When a nomadic group of native, flerd indians suddenly make camp in Fly forest, a young kapok is simultaneously filled with fear and intrigue. He remembers Whale's poignant songs about their barbaric and savage activities and wonders what will become of him. Ruminant Whale tries to explain that the Fly indians are different from the other worldly flerds, but Tree remains apprehensive and keeps a cautious eye on them.
During the mid-summer solstice, the old flerd shaman is seized and carried away by a sacrificial condor leaving the young, inexperienced Shap, his apprentice, to take his place. Shap tries to gain the confidence of the villagers by leading them to the fertile lands around the Fly mountains. The Indians believe the mountains to have evil spirits inhabiting them and it's not long before they start to mysteriously disappear in the night. A battle of wills takes place between Ocillo, an astute, sharp tongued woman, her two spiritually guided twins and the egotistic, narcissistic Shap.
Ocillo creates a new way of sustainable living within the forest where hunting is banned and wildlife are encouraged to live in harmony alongside them. Other villagers, attracted by this new, acquiescent way of living, set up successful trading routes along the waterways. Society develops where people accept being ruled over. The Fly Indians prosper and life is good.
Shap develops ambitions to be an 'emperor'. He comes to believe that he is the son of Virococha and diligently seeks the restoration of the Inca empire. With his exile from Ocillo's village, he sets out alone to develop his connections with the spirits. Ocillo's young hunters though, are unhappy with their peaceful lifestyle and leave the villages in their droves. Somehow they are attracted to Shap and assist with the building of his indomitable empire. Its expansion and the increasing quest for food lead Shap and his hunter warriors to seize Ocillo's fecund lands. His domination complete he captures Ocillo to offer her as his first human sacrifice to Virococha, the god of all creation.
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|Size: ||275 KB|
|Date published: || 2015|
|ISBN: ||9780993285417 (DRM-EPUB)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|