D. M. Murdock – also known as Acharya S. is a religious scholar and controversial author of books detailing the connection between modern Christianity and ancient world religion (e.g. Egyptian myths) such as The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold and Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled.
D.M. also wrote a couple of insightful bits about Avatar and I thought it would be interesting to quote them here. She touches on a few ideas about the message (whether intended or not) of the movie.
“Avatar’s” critical commentary of American incursions into foreign lands in search of precious resources is lost on few sentient adults. Nor does it represent a cautionary tale we should ignore. Yet, even though the main goon is an older white male – the favorite villain globally these days, it seems – “Avatar” is careful to depict the Americans as multiethnic and both genders, which they truly are. As such, Cameron’s statement is not really “anti-American” per se but represents a critique of any organized and well-funded incursion and invasion into other lands at the expense of the natives. The Very Big Corporation of America just happens to be pretty good at it at the moment.
Yet, while I was watching the film’s passionate environmentalism, I couldn’t help but think that none of it would have been possible without a serious “carbon footprint,” from the moment Cameron conceived the project to the day it was released into theaters. And then add all the energy needs of getting the individual films created and distributed, and all the people traveling to the theaters, which themselves would need to be powered, etc. Obviously, at this point in time we cannot have huge global releases of megafilms like “Avatar” without a significant cost to the environment! Rather than becoming Luddites, again, there are alternatives that we must pursue now.
My initial, visceral reaction to this scene between Jake and the ikran was that I was watching an act of homosexual rape – the ikran is a male – as well as a form of bestiality. Moreover, my studies in mythology and anthropology brought to mind primitive cultures who have regularly practiced homosexual rape as a form of societal domination. One myth I thought of, unfortunately, is a homosexual rape scene from the ancient Egyptian story of Horus and Set, in which, after battling with him, Set/Seth sodomizes Horus and then brags he has “done a man’s deed.” This mentality of domination through rape has festered for millennia and been practiced in far too many locations. This brutal and violent form of dominance exists to this day in several cultures, especially, of course, the prison culture in a sickening amount of places.
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