How Eastern Philosophies Influence Series Mythology
The showrunner of Amazon’s upcoming fantasy series The Wheel of Time reveals how the series’ mythology is inspired by Eastern philosophies.
Fans of the upcoming Amazon series The wheel of time can expect fantasy world mythology to be influenced by eastern philosophies.
Find the Metaverse hosted a Q&A with the show’s cast and showrunner, during which the inspirations for The wheel of times mythology and history came up. Showrunner Rafe Judkins discussed the progressive nature of the series, saying, “It’s interesting because when the books came out in the early ’90s there was so much that was groundbreaking about them in the It was the first series to have a big cast with different POV characters that you go into their chapters; it was the first series of fantasy books where half the cast was female. “
What appealed to Judkins the most about the series is his influence on Eastern philosophies, with a particular emphasis on concepts such as reincarnation and balance. “I think the thing for me that’s really interesting, and that’s really pushed me to do the adaptation of the show now, is that The wheel of time is really more inspired by Hinduism, Buddhism and these Eastern philosophies, “he said.” So in our world reincarnation does exist, and the ultimate goal is not for the good to overcome the evil is to restore balance in this unbalanced world. I think the world around us right now is quite polarized, and having a show that talks about what it means to find a balance, I think it’s super relevant at the moment right now. “
The aspect of reincarnation that Judkins alludes to is known in the series as the Dragon. Not to be confused with the mythical flying lizards, the Dragon in The wheel of time is a human soul destined to reincarnate. The Dragon is destined to be an important player in the battle against the Dark One, in which balance should be restored to the world. However, a previous Dragon is also the reason for the imbalance at the start. As another nod to Eastern mythology, the Dragon Banner, or Lews Therin Telamon’s Banner, depicts an oriental serpentine dragon style.
The wheel of time is based on the epic fantasy book series by Robert Jordan (and later Brandon Sanderson) which began publication in 1990. The series set itself apart from other fantasy stories of the time by experimenting with new approaches to the genre. Rather than eliminating the forces of darkness as in The Lord of the Rings, the story was about the need for balance and how the forces of “good” could generate the same evil. Her Hindu and Buddhist influences also set her apart from other fantastic series like Chronicles of Narnia, which drew heavily on Christian theology.
Season 1 of The wheel of time premieres November 19 exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. The series received an early renewal for Season 2 in May of this year and entered production for the second season in July.
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Source: Find the Metaverse
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