Jordan Peterson doesn’t recognize the mythological archetype that accurately represents his story arc. Peterson picked the wrong side; he picked Jesus. In ancient and modern myths, Gods and prophets represent new orders, and those who such order keeps in control. Peterson was recently depicted as the villain Red Skull in recent Marvel comics, an allegory for the Devil. Marvel heroes are one of the new pantheons in modern myths. Peterson often highlights the role of myths in the way societies are shaped, and individual roles are defined. Well, modern mythology has determined that Peterson is the Devil. We think this provides an opportunity for us rebels to highlight our place in these myths. We don’t believe our stories as devils, demons, witches, and villains have been told fairly, given the bias those who would like to maintain control have towards rebels.
The Japanese Goddess Benzaiten represents everything that flows’ including time, water, speech, music, and even knowledge. Here she is seen flowing in her natural habitat.
The sun goddess Amaterasu is one of the most important deities in the traditional Japanese Folk Religion of Shintoism. The Japanese monarchy claims to trace their lineage back to her and therefore their divine right to rule. The Japanese art of rope bondage, known as kinbaku or shibari, is a style of decorative bondage that has roots as far back as the late Edo period. Gods are manifestations of the mind’s hypersensitive desire to detect agency behind natural events. However, just like the sun, everything is bound by nature, moving in paths determined not by conscious choices of gods, but by laws woven into the fabric of the universe.
The story of Sita’s abduction by demon king Ravana is one of the most famous stories in the Hindu epic the Ramayana. Given religions’ anti-demon bias, we think Ravana was unfairly vilified in this story. We wanted to portray a love story, previously misrepresented as abduction, from the perspective of Sita who had to deny her true love for Ravana to protect herself from the vengeful god Rama.
The month of Ramadan is a period of time where Muslims are obligated to fast from sunrise until sunset. At the end of each day, the breaking of fast is called iftar. In many places in the world, eating in public is criminalized during Ramadan, and many more people are forced to fast against their will due to familial or communal pressure. This art in celebration of Ramadan features two chadori women who are breaking their fast in the most sinful way possible!