Dragon Lady: film Avatar

Having just watched the film Avatar again, I was again struck by those parts in the film that point to the forgotten elements in the pagan fertility cults.

We learn that the mother of the Princess Netiri is the spiritual leader of the Omatacaya people and that her title is ‘Dragon Lady’. The human invaders of the pristine planet that is Pandora call their lead aircraft – which incidentally resembles a giant tic complete with mouth parts –  ‘Papa Dragon’. The fighter helicopters are variously called ‘Valkyries’ and ‘Scorpions’.  As the helicopter force takes off to destroy Home Tree, with those strange circular wings, they look like a swarm of angry, stringing insects. In the final battle, the ‘Sous Team’, or Ground Attack Force, are given the order to attack.  The commanding officer of the Sous Team responds with, “Come on ladies, let’s bring the pain”.

We return to the forgotten part of the Fertility Cults which is the human sacrifice of the King. When the ruling Queen was finally overthrown by the Patriarchal Cults, the King not only recovered the masculine energy that the Queen had usurped, he took the feminine power for himself as well. This was out of a need for revenge but also because, deep down, he believed that the real power lay with the Feminine.  In this film, we are shown both the true Feminine Power as demonstrated by Netiri’s mother, the Dragon Lady, as well as a corrupted and twisted version as practiced by the pagan queens of the fertility cults, the latter revealed in the action and language of the film as mentioned above.

The film ‘Avatar’ tells us that at a subconscious level men are still gripped by the need to control and use the Feminine Power, in this case, in its cruel form, as eventually practiced by the ruling Queens who presided over the pagan fertility cults and who traduced the Goddess’s name.

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