January 19th, 2008


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Discussion (14)¬

  1. Snuffle says:

    I cannot describe how much I love those masks.

  2. Ellemerr says:

    The Masked Mistress of Illusion sais: Second that. I totally want them.
    And this really is a wonderful christian-touched myth; love the painting style too… In this panel, the truths: “Even Gods can be hurt” and the “path across the water that only gods and women might walk.” Truly beautiful. It’s sayings like these that keeps me so in love with Digger.

  3. Rista-liehna says:

    I’m not entirely sure this is a Christ story. I think it looks more like a blending of mythologies, probably with something obscure like the skin lizards’ beliefs, and I’d like to know where the “moon road” part came from.

  4. Jeanette says:

    It’s making me think a little bit of some Asian myth I heard about a long time ago. Same with the masks.

  5. Rowanmdm says:

    I love Murai’s theory about the people who attached the Good Man. Why the gods choose to help one person and not another has been an issue with just about every faith on the planet, and grief and despair lead people to drastic things.

  6. Lemming says:

    I think the way that the Good Man is illustrated obviously suggests Christ, but the archetype is so common in mythologies that saying this is simply a Christ retelling is like saying that every meat eating dinosaur is a T Rex just because they’re so well known.

  7. Sammi says:

    It’s a Christ retelling and it isn’t a Christ retelling. Just like the story of Romeo and Juliet is and is not the story of Pyramis and Thisbe.

    It also occurs to me that the second mask from the left vaguely resembles Famine (which resembles the Sweetgrass-Voice which resembles the cold servants). Probably not significant, but that head shape’s popped up often enough to be worth mention.

  8. TekServer says:

    Which *might* just indicate that it’s one of Ursula’s favorite images. (You’re probably right, though; I’m a fan of the “everything ties together” theory … )


  9. Jenora Feuer says:

    TekServer: Ah. A fan of the Campbellian Monomyth?

  10. TekServer says:

    > Campbellian Monomyth

    I had not previously been familiar with this term, but yeah, that’s pretty much what I was thinking.


  11. Alex says:

    I’m not the type to brag about religious subtext, especially when it may or may not have been intentional. But I just had my wisdom teeth taken out yesterday, so I’m just a little bit high on painkillers. Therefor, I feel bold enough to say that, being Mormon, I love the implications of Jesus being from Salt Lace City. Knowing Ursula, I like to think it’s a simple, good-natured shout-out, and that makes me happy.

  12. Biddo van Oduk says:

    Of course, Christ is the re-telling of half-a-dozen myths that predated him by hundreds and thousands of years so…..

  13. BronzeGolem says:

    Yup what Biddo said Christ isn’t exactly original, there are similar stories in countless earlier religions, from Mesopotamian religions to a roman god named Mithras from which Christ stole the birth date and most of his stories (just ask QI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSm7YPMQOSo). Religion is a lot like the Borg, when it encounters another religion the stronger religion assimilates the weaker one and changes it to fit it’s own mythology (just read about an Egyptian god in wikipedia and see just how many gods each of the major gods absorbed during Egyptian history) , Christianity is no different, it assimilated every religion it encountered in it’s path, most saints are gods from other religions reformatted and Christ is no different, he is an amalgamation of things taken from other religions.

  14. Rowena says:

    @Alex So that’s what it was supposed to be. I like that, being Mormon myself.