Monday, July 21, 2008
King Moonracer = avatar for Christ
King Moonracer, the king of the Isle of Misfits.
King Moonracer, a winged lion who acts as the island's ruler. King Moonracer is responsible for flying around the world each night in search of unwanted toys.
And in the picture, I say he only looks pertubed because of the perceived threat to the denizens of the isle.
(Hey, in July, Dr. ER and I always start thinking of Christmas, in self defense, since 100-degree weather hits and hits hard on the Southron Plains.)
Isle of Misfits. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Stop-motion cartoon.
I grew up at exactly the time all these Rankin and Bass shows came out, so I'm familiar with all of them. In fact, we once dressed as Heat Miser and Cold Miser for Halloween. :)
If anyone has never seen them (I pity their miserable existence) they're out on DVD. King Moonracer orders you to go out and buy the DVD.
(If it makes you feel any better, ER, lions and house cats are in the same family, of course, but a completely different genus.)
I remember that the Bible refers to Jesus as the good shepherd and the lamb of God. Where did the lion come in? Is it that he came from the descendant loins of the Lion of Judah?
Then is the island heaven and the toys Christians?
Greetings from Manzanita, OR, with a temperature now of 68 degrees.
I see the island not as heaven but as the fold of faith, to go all metaphorical, the community of faithful, the Church universal maybe. The toys are the obviously marginalized, who Jesus reached out to first; those of us who think we are not so obviously marginalized eventually realize that we're all on the same boat. Or island, I mean.
IMO, the lion is really more allegorical for Christianity, not Christ. Allegorically, Jesus' animal would be better as an ass. It's humble.
I am going to offer the odd, radical notion that we can allow King Moonracer to be who he is without saddling him with the additional weight of being a symbol for Jesus. At the same time, if you want to read it this way, I would certainly not stop you from doing so.
Hey Babalon: Actually, asses aren't humble. People who *ride* asses might be seen as such. Or not. Festus rose one. I don't see him as humble -- just common, which might be what yer thinkin'. And the AP reporter who rode into battle with Custer, the name of whom, I am ashamed to admit, I cannot immediately recall -- WAIT! Mark Kellog! Ahahahahaa! -- anyway he rode an ass. He definitely wass not humble. Anyhoo ...
Asses are stubborn. Willful. Frisky. Hearty. Jesus *was* -- is, I mean -- all of that, actually.
However, the lion's strength is not always effective because infrequently he does not restrain it in order to use it properly. St. John of the Cross noted the lion's "heedless, angry appetite," a symbol of imperious will and uncontrolled strength. This led to the phrase "pot-bellied lion," a symbol of blind greed which Shiva treads down. In Christianity too, where the aspect of controlled strength of the lion symbolized Christ, this aspect of uncontrolled strength represents the Anti-Christ. Even though this is a negative aspect, it might also justify the lion being symbolic of imperial heraldry and medieval bishops, greed is a human failing too."
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If Moonracer is not an intentional metaphor, it sure is a Jungian one.
Enjoy yer 68-degree weather up in OreGON. It's blazing here.
Got some meaningful and some kitchs for you at Clatsop yesterday.
Compared to previous years this place is not very full. Black bears are so hungry here,after a long heavy winter, that they are coming down to the coast looking for food.
He said there you go again, everytime there's trouble you always blame the Black Bears.