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Man of Steel Trilogy as Modern LHP Myth
« on: June 17, 2019, 11:47:44 am »
This is just  going  to  give  a  brief  rundown  of Superman’s role  in Zack Snyder’s  “Man  of Steel  Trilogy”  and  how  it  relates  to  Left  Hand  Path and Stellar  mythology. I believe  this trilogy  is  one  of the  best  modern  LHP myths of our  time  –  ironic  as much  of its  hate  comes  from  comparing Superman  to  Christ!  Let’s  take  a look  at  both the  Stellar Nature  of this trilogy  and  the  genius of  its  creator.   

In  the  Trilogy,  Superman  is  born  on  his  home  planet  of  Krypton shortly  before  it  is destroyed.  For ages  all  births  have  been  artificial,  with Kryptonians genetically  predispositioned to  certain roles  –  such  as warriors, scholars,  “low  class”  workers,  politicians, and  so  on. Contrary  to this, Superman  was  a  Natural  birth, the  “first  in  centuries”.  This is done  so that Superman  will  have  Free  Will, a  key  aspect  of the  Left  Hand  Path  and Prince/ss  of  Darkness. Superman’s  parents  want  him  to  forge  his  own destiny,  to  venture  out  to  the  Stars and  create  a new  life, inspire  others elsewhere.  This  is  a  clear  contrast  to  how  Right  Hand  Path religions treat their children,  often picking  their beliefs for them  before  then can  even question! Instead,  this is  a  pretty  solid  example  of  LHP  parenting  –  besides the whole planet  dying  thing

Superman  is  often compared to Solar  Gods  like  Christ,  but  this is clearly  not  the  case. Sure  he  talks  to  a  priest  with Christ  behind  him,  but  we are talking  about  a  major  Hollywood superhero  film  of  Superman  –  it didn’t get  that  esoteric  (until the  sequel!). Rather, Superman  is  adopted  by  the Sun  in the exact  same  way  Set  is adopted  by  Ra  after  his Osirian  family abandons him.  As  we  will  see, this  is  not  the  only  place  where  we  can compare Superman  to  Set  and  similar  PoD’s  to  this role  in  the  Ra  mythos.   

Superman  was an  outsider,  even as a  child, having  burst  in  from the sky  unexpectedly  and  violently, and  being  taken in  by  two kind  humans (identical to  Set,  except the  last  part  with  the humans). As a child  he  was taught  to  hide  his powers  because  the  world  would  not  be  ready  for him, that they  would  be  thrown  into  disarray  by  him  –  and  they  were  not wrong. As an  adult Superman  struggles to  find  a  place  in  the  world,  to  find any  purpose  in it and  help  where  he  can,  wandering  the  Earth as  an outcast. Even after  he  saves the  planet  from  his fellow  Kryptonians, humans tend  to  fear  and  distrust  him, if not  outright  hate  him. Superman in  this case  goes  through  a  complex  cycle  of love/hate  with the  people, just like  Set.   

As we  progress through  the  first  film  –  Man  of Steel  –  some Kryptonians from  the  past  come  back  led  by  General  Zod. Zod  represents the Old  Krypton  and  its  ways, and  Zod  intends  to  build  a  “New  Krypton” upon  the  Earth. In  order  to  do  this he  will bring  humanity  to  ruin  and  build it “atop  their bones.”  He  represents  destruction  through  stasis, how  a  strict adherence  to  tradition  and  determinism  can  lead  to  horrible consequences. Superman  as an outsider  is  able to  fight  Zod  and  disrupt  this stasis, though  not  without  causing  destruction  on  a  massive  scale  –  a double-edged sword.   

In  the  second  movie  –  Batman  v  Superman:  Dawn  of  Justice  –  we are introduced to  Bruce  Wayne/Batman  who  acts  as  the  antagonist  to  the story. While  the  viewer  knows  that  Superman  is  a  good  guy, and  some  of the in-universe  world  agrees,  much  of the  in-universe  world  does not  trust him  and  are  downright  terrified of him, including  Bruce  Wayne. Having been  there  to  see  the destruction  of Zod  and  Superman  fighting, Batman has dedicated  himself to  eradicating  the  world  of  this  threat. Batman  fills the role  of Horus in this  story. Again  while  it  seems Batman  may  be  more properly  aligned with  the  night,  in  all ways but  coming  out  at  nighttime does  he  represent  the  Light  of  Horus. Batman  believes in a strict  Order  that he  personally  must  defend,  much like  an  Egyptian  Pharaoh. Indeed  he  is certainly  one  of  the  Elite  among  our society.  It was the  death  of his  father which  spurred  him  along  his path, and  now  he  has turned against Superman  himself  –  a story  of  man/King  vs. God.   

However, near  the  end  of  the  film  Batman  becomes  a  protagonist upon  realizing  that  Superman  is  all  but  human  –  and  indeed  more  human than  Batman  himself. Superman  was a  wanderer, he  lived, he  loved,  he was  not  a  slave  to  a  kingly  role  of upholding  Order  like  Batman. Becoming cognizant  of  the  fact  that Superman  is  a good  person like  he  once  was, Batman  joins up  with him  to  work together. The  most  clear image  of  this can  be  seen in the scene  where  Batman  stands over  Superman about  to  slay  him  with a spear of  Kryptonite,  which  is identical to  how  Horus defeats Set.

From  here  we  move  back  into  the  Ra  mythology, where  Set  must do  battle  against  the Chaos  Serpent  Apep.  In  the film,  this is  replicated  with Superman  doing  battle  with  Doomsday,  the  latter  representing  absolute, mindless  Chaos.  While Batman  and  Wonder  Woman  aid  him  but  cannot finish  the  job, Superman  drives  the  Kryptonian  spear  through  Doomsday, being  able  to  kill him  as  they  are  of  the  same  (Kryptonain)  substance. Again we can  clearly  see  this in Egypt.

The  difference  in  the films is that  Superman  is  killed  in  the process of killing  Doomsday.  Yet  in  his sacrifice  many  humans  of earth find  hope and  strength.  In  fact  it  leads to  more  “meta-humans”  coming  out  of  the woodwork  to  unite. They  are  inspired to  embrace  their  individuality, stop hiding  in the shadows, and  be  their  true self like  Superman  was. But  even a boat  full  of Gods cannot  defeat  Apep  without  Set  himself. In  the  final film of the  Trilogy  –  Justice  League  –  an  ancient being  named Steppenwolf returns to  earth  to  reclaim  what was lost  previously  –  the  mother boxes. We learned that  in the  mythical  age all humans, Atlanteans, Gods, etc. united to  defeat  Steppenwolf and  drive  him  away.  Earth hid  the  mother boxes  fearing  he  may  return.

Here  the  Mother  Boxes,  or  the  “Mother  of Horrors”  as Steppenwolf says, can  be  compared to  the  Chaos Serpent such as  Tiamat from  Sumer. Steppenwolf  is Chaos  like  Doomsday, but  worse  he  is organized, willful,  malevolent  Chaos  –  something  far  worse  than Doomsday.  Despite  all  their efforts  the  Justice  League  cannot  defeat  him until they  resurrect  Superman. Like  Set  in  the  Pyramid  Texts, Superman overcomes  the  day  of  his death. Yet  upon  awakening,  much like Doomsday,  Superman  is  a  beast  of Chaos  who  turns on  the  Justice  League. It is  only  when he  sees  his true  love,  the  true  meaning  and  purpose  in  his life  (something  selfish,  mind  you),  that  he  regains  his  Free  Will  and  helps the Justice  League  defeat  Steppenwolf. 

After this,  mankind  is  freed. They  are freed  from  hopelessness, from  violations  of their will, from  those  who  would  enslave  or demean them.  They  are  encouraged  to  be  themselves  and  to  do  so  openly,  to embrace  their strengths, uniqueness,  and  individuality. It is  because  of  this God from  the  Stars, adopted  by  the  Sun, who  battles  the  defender  of Mankind  and  drives  back  Chaos, that  humanity  is  able  to  evolve  unto  its next  stage. If that  is not  a  Prince  of  Darkness  and  LHP  mythology, I  do  not know what  is.   
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