Star Wars: 10 Religious Allusions In The Saga

In crafting the Star Wars saga, George Lucas was inspired by all kinds of imgs, from Akira Kurosawa’s samurai movies to Joseph Campbell’s study of comparative mythology to the reigns of various dictators from throughout history. Since the story revolves around the dichotomy of the Jedi and the Sith, there’s an abundance of religious allusions in the Star Wars universe.

The ongoing struggle between the Jedi and the Sith is essentially a holy war, while a number of characteristics position Anakin Skywalker as an overt Christ figure. There are arguably even more religious allusions in Star Wars than political allusions.

In the Bible, Mary is a virgin when she’s visited by an angel who tells her she’s pregnant with the son of God. In The Phantom Menace, Shmi Skywalker reveals that her son Anakin was born more or less the same way: “There was no father. I carried him, I gave birth, I raised him. I can’t explain what happened.”

In an early draft of Revenge of the Sith, Palpatine revealed to Anakin that he manipulated the midichlorians in his mother’s womb to create him, but George Lucas cut this and left it ambiguous to avoid copying The Empire Strikes Back’s “I am your father” twist.

The way that Ben Kenobi initially explains the Force to Luke Skywalker at his Tatooine hideout in the original 1977 movie essentially adapts the Hindu concept of Brahman for George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away.

Brahman is defined as the highest Universal Principle, and the Ultimate Reality in the universe, which is a pretty apt description of the Force.

When Qui-Gon Jinn meets Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace and finds his midichlorian count to be off the charts, he becomes convinced that he’s the “Chosen One” who’s been prophesized to bring balance to the Force.

The idea of a “Chosen One” is very similar to the religious concept of a “messiah.” Messiahs are saviors that religious followers count on to triumphantly arrive as their savior.

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