Last night I watched ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ an enjoyable movie that bares all the hall marks of a successful film.
A guy from humble beginnings without education or a future, trades a horse for some beans. Getting chastised by his guardian for being a fool, but catching the eye of the beautiful Princess, whom he later eventually wins on the basis of his prowess in battle with an ability to eventually beat the giants.
This a new take on an old theme of Jack and the beanstalk, replacing the old theme with a slightly different story line, together with some excellent animations.
But this particular story is adapted from much older stories, who I have no doubt were all adapted from one single author only to be converted into many languages using their local heroes and heroines.
In most languages (and religions) the Messiah was to be a saviour or liberator of people, and generally the saviour of those the author was part of, with the notion living on because of the connection to his own people.
Most races have this saviour carefully adapted to reflect their local conditions, and the names of course being promoted to cement the local guy into history.
Jesus was said to be the messiah, coming from humble beginnings to rid the world of evil and to eventually point the direction humanity must go, even to the extent that he would be sacrificed as a good hero might. Although paying the supreme sacrifice he will return in time to save us by defeating the antichrist or false Messiah.
The Qur’an states that Isa, the Son of Mariam (Arabic: Isa ibn Maryam), is the Messiah and Prophet sent to the Children of Israel.[Quran 3:45] Muslims believe Isa is alive in Heaven and will return to Earth to defeat the Masih ad-Dajjal (false Messiah), a figure similar to the Antichrist in Christianity, who will emerge shortly before him before Yawm al-Qiyāmah (“the Day of Resurrection”).
How about Spartacus as a hero of humble beginnings that defeated his masters to become a great leader. True he died, but sometimes even the hero is required for the supreme sacrifice.
Moses was another of humble birth being delivered in a basket of reeds to his adopted mother to save him from a purge of infant children, eventually finding him to be the leader of men and saving a race.
In historical biblical times the hero was never averse to killing, murdering many people as long as it was in the name of justice.
A sort of olden day Arnie (Terminator) or perhaps Charles ( Death Wish). You might also pick Mel (Mad Max)
There is no shortage of heroes. In the UK we have Robin Hood, who faced with the bad sheriff defending the right of the poor against impossible odds. The popularity of Mel (again) as the Scottish landowners son (William Wallace) who after his humble beginnings once again rises to be the leader or messiah.
One thing is for sure……. we all need a Hero!