The Temple Virgins, Enota and Itznakov

The virgins live in grass cages, and worldly goods have none, save the effigy chairs, which they decorate as they do themselves, in manner strange…

Enota the Large and the other temple virgins, along with Itznakov, diarist priest and keeper of the Virgin cages, were central inhabitants of the Temple of Holmeek near Houndee. This audio text was conceived and written by Norman Daly in a period of his work we refer to as Llhuros II (post-1974) in which he was writing a play he called “Stiltwalkers.” The narrator has not been identified.

Here is the Virgin’s Song musical notation and an audio clip as sung by Elizabeth Fisher (Cornell).

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