"My father is a priest; I am the son of a priest.""We are not ignorant like the Forest People—our women spin wool on the wheel, our priests wear a white robe. We do not eat grubs from the trees, we have not forgotten the old writings, although they are hard to understand."
Crossing The Threshold
"My father watched over me—he was glad that I should be a priest.But when I boasted or wept without a reason, he punished me more strictly than my brothers. That was right.""I was taught the chants and the spells—l was taught how to stop the running of blood from a wound and many secrets. A priest must know many secrets—that was what my father said."
Tests, Allies, & Enemies
"My knowledge made me happy—it waslike a fire in my heart."Nevertheless, my knowledgeand my lack of knowledge burned in me—I wished to know more. When I was a manat last, I came to my father and said, 'It is time for me to go on my journey. Give meyour leave.'"
"It is time for me to go on my journey."
"That night, in the house of the priesthood, I asked for and received purification.""When the dawn came, I was out of sight of the village. I prayed and purified myself, waiting for a sign. The sign was an eagle. It flew east."
"But, before I knew it, the bow was in my hand. I shouted and the panther lifted his head from the fawn. It is not easy to kill a panther with one arrow but the arrow went through his eye and into his brain.""...twice I passed hunting parties of the Forest People without their knowing. So I knew my magic was strong and my journey clean, in spite of the law."