I wonder if our community of readers and writers - from the later category, Christopher and Kirsten Beyer in particular, for obvious reasons - have any thoughts or revelations on the question of Tamarian identity, which intrigues me but also potentially confuses me. Tamarian identity is fluid, we know that much. They embody figures of mythological history as they respond to different situations; they step into these roles (or the roles step into them). But how strong is their sense of personal identity? Do they retain a sense of the sturdy individual vessel into which they're pouring these figures? Is Temba as I embody/become him different from Temba as you become him, because you and I are different? Is he filtered through differently or does the vessel not matter? What about concepts like age, gender, even species? If identity is fluid, can I, as a male for instance, take on a female role? In traditional mythologies matters of age, gender, etc. are often important to understanding the context in which an individual is working. So in that sense, a relatively rigid sense of differentiation is perhaps necessary, or you aren't "doing it properly". But how does that sense of a stable mytho-historical identity work with a species and culture which is based almost entirely around the idea that identity is inherently fluid? How does mythology retain its solidity so as to serve as a comprehensible series of references? Why is Temba always and clearly Temba, limited to his distinct mytho-historical role, when Tamarians shift identity constantly? Is the past stable and the present fluid?