Yes, Maleficent is the first Disney story told from the villainess point of view. But what about the magical Maleficent origins?
She is undeniably a dark goddess Lilith type figure. Note also her Hathor style headgear. It is a homage to an ancient female deity, the Holy Cow herself. The Bible condensed many Mesopotamian Goddesses into one; the “Whore of Babylon.” Maleficent’s wings recall Lilith, though Ishtar has also been portrayed as a winged woman. Her role in this movie is akin to that of the scorned Eris archetype.
She is joining a long line of female troublemakers, biblical upstarts, witches and goddesses besmirched by the patriarchy.
The Maleficent Origins – Lilith, Eris, Jezebel And Countless Witches
Disney or no Disney, it’s significant that a mainstream company is releasing a film that sides with the witch. In the story, duplicitous douche-core of a toxic patriarch steals her wings and magical powers. Yes, after she slept with him. He takes her power and leaves her bereft. Naturally, she seeks revenge, but the story evolves from there. She ends up nurturing the younger female character she had sworn to destroy and regaining her powers.
There is no traditional love story in Maleficent. Prince Charming is a prick. The love is Maleficent’s love of herself, the princess, and her sidekick/daemon/raven hot guy.
I thought of Lilith when i saw the Pope releasing his doves of peace the other day, only to have them attacked by a big black crow.
Prince Charming Is A Prick
The Raven flies between the worlds. It is associated with the Morrigan (Celtic Shapeshifting Trickster Goddess) and the Norse Odin. I don’t see this as an anti-peace omen. It is more like the rage of all the innocent witches, midwives, divorcees, and so on persecuted by that church over the centuries.
You could see it as an omen of the snowy-white purity reputation of the Church under threat from dark revelations.
And here is Tom Bagshaw’s take on Maleficent. The splitting of older female characters in Fairy tales to “good” and “bad” godmothers reflects the number society did on women in the Burning Times. Older women who lived independently were the most likely to be executed for witchcraft, along with their familiars. Thoughts?