According to Hindu scripture, Hindu God Lord Rama beheaded a low-caste man, Shambuka, for trying to attain heaven and reach godhood through acts forbidden to people of such low-caste. This reminded us of how the Biblical God prohibited man from eating the fruit of knowledge and how the devil told Eve "For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God..."
Gods are often used in mythology to remind humans to stay in their place, not to ask questions, accept their roles and obey. Devil and demons on the other hand are used to portray the rebels, the curious, the blasphemers, and the ambitious as villains.
In our version of the story, we make the two worlds cross and have one rebel come to the aid of another, against the tyranny of gods.
Mohini is the only female avatar, or human incarnation, of the Hindu god Vishnu. She is also known as the “goddess of enchantment,” whose seductive powers could drive her lovers to their own doom. It seems that the Prophet Muhammad has also fallen under her spell.
"Love-Jihad" is a conspiracy theory promulgated by far-right Hindu groups, which accuses Muslim men of perpetuating demographic change in India via converting Hindu women with deceitful marriages.
Following up from our previous art of The “Virgin” Mary having sex with the “Holy Ghost": The First Ascension; after the Holy Spirit failed in his attempt to impregnate Mary, the Devil opens up Mary’s eyes to the forbidden knowledge. Unlike Yahweh, the Devil doesn’t treat Mary as a vessel for his progeny.
Tamamo no Mae is one of the most infamous and powerful of the evil yōkai (a supernatural spirit or monster) in Japanese mythology. She is a magical nine-tailed fox, thousands of years old, with a thirst for lusty activities and power. To this end, she would transform herself into a stunningly beautiful woman, who would go on to become the concubine and consorts of kings of several countries… before she caused their dynasties to fall.
The Prophet Muhammad isn’t the only one who’s received a heavenly tour from Buraq! Buraq is a mythical creature that magically transported the Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Jerusalem. Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of learning, knowledge, and the arts.
Jordan Peterson often refers to Pinocchio and Peter Pan to demonstrate popular tropes within myths and stories to find paths towards finding meaning in life. The fact that Peterson uses these stories more often than the story of Jesus is telling. Is this perhaps because modern stories better capture the essence of the human psyche and our attempt at finding meaning? Another issue with Jesus is that his story is not just an old myth; it is also a modern religion. This means that people today don't just treat it as myths that can reflect valuable truths about humanity and society but actively believe in the ideology's claims about the nature of objective reality. These beliefs include religious claims that are so obviously wrong. Wrong beliefs lead to bad conclusions. In turn, bad conclusions lead to unhelpful and sometimes dangerous behavior.
If gods can serve as metaphors for nature or structure within a society, then "knowing God" can be a symbol for understanding how nature and society work. Myths are not as objectively demonstrative of mind and nature as Peterson suggests. We believe that myths are much more flexible, and while it's true that they can teach us a lot about how humans find meaning, community, and awe, myths also show us the bias of those who were in the position to set the narrative.
The subjective nature of myth was perfectly demonstrated when author Ta-Nehisi Coates was selected by Marvel Comics, our modern myth-makers, to take part in setting the narrative. Peterson's portrayal as the fascist villain Red Skull in the modern mythology of our popular comics should be an eye-opening experience for Peterson. Are modern myth-makers somehow more biased than the people who decided Jesus's story? How much did politics, backstabbing, greed, and fights for power influence what made it into the canonized Bible?
Given the subjective nature of myth, we believe that we can be a lot more flexible with the stories these myths tell and put our own spin on it. We don't have to accept the stories that have been told about us, the godless, the rebels, the blasphemers, the heretics. We can tell our own stories. A better understanding of reality leads to better beliefs and breaking free from the limitations of nature. We can symbolize the fruit of knowledge and the Devil's invitation to "become like gods" as choosing our own destiny rather than letting God, nature, or tradition decide for us. For us, the fruit of knowledge represents science, and Prometheus's fire represents technology. Gods and their laws represent the limitation of nature and traditional norms. The best way to break free from the tyranny of gods would then be knowing gods, a science-based understanding of nature and society.
Jordan Peterson doesn't recognize the mythological archetype that accurately represents his story arc. 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.