Christianity And Paganism In Arthurian Legends

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With Arthur representing Christianity and Morgan representing Paganism it makes sense to compare their relationship religiously. In the family of religions, Christianity and Paganism could be seen as half-brother and sister. Christianity being the younger brother and Paganism the older sister. Christianity would be the younger brother because it is a religion that is male dominated, younger than most religions, and encourages submissive focus of its followers. Celtic paganism would be the older sister because is an old religion based on a Mother Earth, those that practice it believes there is a Great Mother and multiple deities. Over time, young Christianity began adopting the elder Pagan's ways, as little siblings often do, and this fusion…show more content…
The subject of King Arthur is one of the most popular of all time and his stories have been retold in nearly every form of media. In fact, some would argue that Arthurian legend is “part of our cultural currency” because “despite its aristocratic and theological genesis, the Matter of Arthur has irrevocably embedded itself in modern British and American culture” (Sklar 5-10). Because today's western countries practice a fusion of Christian and Pagan traditions, today's people find comfort and familiarity in Arthurian legends. We can relate to and even value the Christian ideals that they live by. Yet, we also find ourselves fascinated by the magical aspects that are included in his story. Some of the most well-known authors today have written something about King Arthur including: Stephen King, Mark Twain, and even J.R.R. Tolkien. King Arthur has found his way into film, literature, animation, comic books, video games, and even board games. It does not look like his popularity will be dying down anytime soon. For example, the movie “Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur” will be released in…show more content…
This magic was used to cause him harm and later to attempt to save him. Arthur represented Christianity while Morgan represented Paganism, and yet in the end, they came together as loving siblings. The relationship between Morgan and Arthur is symbolic of the relationship that Paganism and Christianity share, a fusion which remains today. It is that fusion in Arthurian legend that grips the people of the western 21st century, allowing them to both relate and imagine. King Arthur was the king of the old and future religion. And because of that, he has risen

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