Saturday, March 19, 2016
Life after death in Mulan
As we were talking about the way Africans call upon their ancestors for help in their life issues, this reminded me of the beginning of Mulan when she calls upon her ancestors to help her and her family get through their hardship. The ancestors listen, and send a living embodiment of their willing aid in Mushu, the shrimpy dragon. I found many Similarities in Amistad and Beloved. InAmoatad he calls upon his ancestors to help him through his trials, and in Beloved the spirits either through memory as baby Suggs does, or through physical embodiment, like beloved. It's interesting how many religions have some form of ancestor veneration, yet it's thought of as strange when seen in the Africans. But when you think about it, Mulan and Beloved have many similarities since Mushu helps Mulan through her physical and somewhat emotional journey, while beloved helps serge through her emotional and spiritiual troubles.