MYTHS, MOVIES, AND MASS DESTRUCTIONFebruary 18, 2008
Readers of my GIZA DEATH STAR DEPLOYED will recall that in the initial chapters of the book there was an extended analysis of the parallels of George Lucas' celebrated STAR WARS series of films, and the ancient myths of a Cosmic War of the "gods". But there's more to the story than meets the eye! In fact, George Lucas had expert help from the world's premier scholar of mythology, Joseph Campbell, author of THE MASKS OF GOD and other famous studies of ancient myths.
A recent article posted at the Pacifica Graduate Institute site entitled "Joseph Campbell and Marija Gimutas Library" has the following to say about the contact between the two famous men:
"Campbell seldom went to the movies, and may not have realized how imprtant an art form the popular Hollywood film had become by the 1970s. He wasn't particularly impressed when people tried to intruduce him to a famous flimaker named George Lucas after a lecture in San Francisco in 1983, but the two got on well and met on several occasions afterwards. Lucas invited Campbell to see all three of the Star Wars movies then made, and Joe agreed to see all three one day in a screening room at Lucas' Skywalker Ranch near San Francisco. Campbell was amazed at how well mythological themes had been incorporated into the films....
"Lucas had read (Campbell's) THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES while working on the script of the first of the Star Wars movies, and had gone on to read THE MASKS OF GOD and other writings. When STAR WARS debuted in 1977, it followed the Hero very closely. Lucas said an an award ceremony in 1985, 'It is possible that if I hadn't run across him I'd still be writing Star Wars today.'"
In other words, there is more at work than mere coincidence in Lucas' version of the ancient paleophysico-religious view of the physical medium, which of course in the movies is known as "the force;" there is more at work in his metaphor of the exploded planet hypothesis, of ancient ("...a long long time ago in a galaxy far far away...") high technology and cosmic wars. Indeed, the coincidences pile up so much that, as Richard Hoagland has pointed out on HIS website in his excellent series on the most anomalous object in the solar system, Saturn's "moon" Iapetus (See Hoagland's "A Moon with a View" at www.enterprisemission.com), one has to wonder what Lucas knew and when he knew it, for the stunning NASA Cassini probe photos of Iapetus look all too uncomfortably like George Lucas' "Death Star." The resemblance is not only uncanny, it's downright disturbing.
But perhaps we should REALLY be asking not what and when Lucas knew what he knew, but HOW, for clearly, at some point one passes across the threshold of "coincidence" and into that of "inside knowledge"...