posted on Oct, 28 2007 @ 02:24 PM
Star Wars = Modern Mythology.
It takes influence from:
Qigong, Greek Philosophy, Greek Mythology, Roman History, Roman Mythology, Abrahamic religions, Confucianism, Islam, Shintoism, & Taoism.
Lucas himself said that the work of Joseph Campbell directly influenced his work. Especially his book "The Hero with a Thousand Faces".
The Force is nothing but the concept of "Prana" or "Ki/Qi/Chi" in a Sci-Fi setting.
Not to mention there are elements of recent history taking place in the original trilogy. The Empire is nothing more than Nazi Germany in a galactic
setting. He even named the soldiers "Stormtroopers". The Imperial uniforms also resemble the Waffen-SS uniforms utilized by the Germans.
One can say that the whole debacle of R2-D2 and C-3PO = Akira Kurosawa's film "The Hidden Fortress".
I've been a huge fan of the Star Wars universe since I can remember. I've read every single book (canon) up to the most recent one in the Legacy Era
of the series.
Some of the "parallels" you guys are drawing are simply ludicrous. The names are far simpler.
Anakin. Resembles a hebrew word that means "Eclipse" which depicts what Anakin's life throughout the series is like. Light, dark, light, dark.
Padme. It means "Lotto Flower". That's what her character is like.
Darth Vader. It sounds like words in German and Dutch that mean "Dark Father".
The list can go on forever. Within the Star Wars series there are tens of thousands of names for characters and hundreds of thousands of names for
items within the universe. There's no doubt that some of them will be SIMILAR to other things - but - to extrapolate that they're being done as a
second "hidden" meaning is ludicrous.
George Lucas isn't that good. In fact, he's a terrible director and a pretty bad writer. What he brought to us has been (through 30 years) polished
and refined into an expanded universe that trumps what he had to offer. Maybe there, you'll be able to find some true hidden meanings.
(Star Wars Episodes V - VI are my favorite movies of all time, he only directed IV, I, II, & III in the series. I hated the new trilogy and only found
IV to be amazing for being groundbreaking.)
Edit: You folks should watch the history channel special: Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed.
[edit on 28-10-2007 by Donoso]