Meet The New God, Same As The Old God by madmaxh ()
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I was reflecting on the curious thought that so many different belief systems have featured a crucified god. Tammuz, Dionysus, The Christ, Indra, Mithra, Horus and a host of others (sixteen in all) have been portrayed as having been nailed to something. Whatever its significance, it's a persistent meme. Here's a scifi take on it using DPHoadley's excellent DukeM3 (from R'osity Free Stuff) and a texture from RAWN, blended with some native Vue textures.
Vue render with a Photoshop fix on the neck seam.
Image Comments (16)
crocodilian () 10:57PM | Sun, 26 August 2007
"Whatever its significance, it's a persistent meme." That's quite an interesting point. My own guess is that "the dying God" is a reflection of human mortality back into the supernatural. Immortal gods are intrinsically remote from mortal humans-- and there is a characteristic theme of the "piercing" of that immortality. Achilles would be another example. St. Sebastian is another. Your character is reminiscent of Clive Barker's "Pinhead"-- and your observation does raise the interesting observation about the iconography there. FWIW Clive Barker is quite outspoken about his homosexuality, and there has been an history of homoerotic imagery around St. Sebastian (see for instance, Yukio Mishima's self portraits as St. Sebastian)
madmaxh () 12:18AM | Mon, 27 August 2007
Interesting point, Crocodilian. I would suspect that a lot of such imagery crept in after Pope Gregory (of Gregorian Calendar fame), appalled at the expense to the church of supporting the wives and offspring of its clergy, declared that priests should henceforth be celibate. What a joker! *D
teza77 () 12:53AM | Fri, 07 September 2007
IF WE ARE MADE IN GODS IMAGE I AINT GOING TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR AGAIN !! I LIKE IT HEEPS. REMEMBER BE CAREFUL OUT THERE. TEZA77/DWAYNE
NefariousDrO () 7:06PM | Tue, 11 September 2007
Very cool work. Reminds me so much of the statues I saw when visiting my brother in what used to be called Zaire (He was in the Peace Corps back in the late '80s-early 90's). Absolutely incredible job.
sittingblue () 4:37AM | Thu, 13 September 2007
well, you have me thinking now about our true leaders. well done.
2Loose2Trek () 9:28PM | Sun, 31 August 2008
It appears that when Christianity was concocted at the First Council of Nicaea in 325, a lot of borrowing from older religious traditions took place. Much has been written about the deceptions and myths of the Bible by historians. I find organized religion no more nor less interesting than Aesop's Fables or Grimm's Fairy-tales: mildly interesting but certainly not worth the investment of one's life. Excellent concept and image!