Getting really Kawaii with this one. :3 Little Jimmy compares Mr.Devils and Saint Michael’s old relationship to the love of mommies and daddies. Little does he know, he’s about to learn about some seriously depraved sexual activity between the two of them… Mr.Devil loves HARD… #mrdevilandhislittlejimmy #halloweenlife #halloweenart #vintagehalloweendecor #vintagehalloween #art #original #animation #littlejimmy #satan #devil #saintmichael #beistlehalloween #paperpuppet #puppet #amatueranimation #cartoon #originalcartoon #originalanimation #halloween #kawaii #anime #weeb #indiegogo #comedy #darkhumor #cute #forbbidenlove
Inktober day 27 babies can be exchanged for goods and services!
“The way she falls, ever so gracefully from heaven in the heat of hell..”
- do tell -
“Like a noose she wears as a necklace of thorns, horns forlorn of heaven..”
- sit a spell -
“Driven by love and doves, roses, posies, without an ounce of crows feet lit by a moon of desire..”
- her personal hell -
“Where the truth rots her heart, that the one’s she loves will die one day, hell what some may say.”
- life smiles on her -
“She smiles into the face of life as death when it was her who gave its first breath..”
- a fallen angel you heard -
“With as devilish as she may seem, a perfect dream, with the most beautiful smile that is felt, not seen.. and a sweet demon, devil grin it may seem.. fallen angel maybe, but she’s got the face of an angel to me. A perfect goddess is all she could ever be..”
A goddess must wear many faces to appease the ones that she loves or they would see her perfection and surely hate her - eUë
Last year’s Halloween costume 😈
“The one who has made more victims will be named the new god”
- Mystifier - Give The Human Devil His Due
Summoning a demon for Halloween
Devil’s Chestnut… Ceck out the bat-like features on these!
Void, the First of the Godhand, the thumb of the Hand of God.
# Void’s name (on top of being a reference to the concept of void and emptiness, that he seems to control according to the Wiki but I need to personally recheck that) is a reference to the science-fiction novel “Destination: Void” by Frank Herbert (the man behind Dune), a science-fiction novel about the quest for the creation of artificial intelligence in the future, and taking place in a spaceship filled with clones and controlled by disembodied brains (yes, brains like our lovely friend here). And this novel, like all Frank Herbert novel, also deals with the creation of a god. Thematic parallels anyone?
# In terms of Hellraiser references, Void fills the role of “Pinhead” as the mysterious and ominous leader with obscure reasoning and a terrifying appearance. However, the peculiar mutilation of the lips being pulled back to expose the teeth and gums is actually the iconic mutilation of the “Chatterer” Cenobite.
# Void’s physical appearance is also a huge reference to the Martians from “Mars Attacks!”, a 90s Tim Burton movie based on a series of gruesome trading cards. The Martians, the destructive and sadistic but very funny alien invaders of the movie, have heads that look like skulls with oversized and exposed brains, just like Void.
# What does Void represents as an archetype of the “Devil” or “Evil”? Well… things get a bit complicated here. Void likes to speak in a philosophical tone about the abstractions of the world, and this is exactly what he is. Philosophical and abstract.
One has to remember that the God Hand (and the Idea of Evil, if it stays canon) represent actually the reasons why bad things happen in the world, the cause behind the disasters and suffering of this world. This is why they fit so well and are based on archetypes of “devil” and “evil”. But Void actually gets a bit out of these archetypes, because he represents more than that - Void actually represents fate. He says it himself, he is the hand, servant and defender of causality and destinies, and he spread the belief that a man cannot fight his fate. The mark he inflicts is a sign of certain doom. It is this idea that the pain, disasters and suffering exist in this world because they are inevitable and were ordered by a higher and superior power. Fate.
Note however that this does not exclude Void of the “Devil” and “Evil” archetypes. It is just that Void represents a more abstract Devil. Void seems to be here to raise all the philosophical questions about evil hmanity has ever asked - is humanity inherently evil? Is evil truly needed and suffering essential? And of course, he raises the question the Idea of Evil is entirely based on, the “Question of Evil” or “Paradox of Evil” - how come in a world ruled by a benevolent omnipotent God, evil can exist? The type of devil Void represents, the evil he embodies, is one of cosmic scale, a force of the universe, inescapable and inevitable. It is the Devil that is equal or even superior to God, or even that IS God. I can mention Gnosticism, that preaches that the biblical God is in fact a flawed, tyranical, cruel fake-God, a Demiurge keeping us trapped in this universe that is a prison, hiding from us the true, superior, benevolent and wise God. I can mention “Prince of Darkness”, a 1987 movie of John Carpenter that mixes science and religion to reveal that, just like there is matter and anti-matter in the universe, there is a God and an Anti-God. Or, for a more unusual example, I can mention the French-speaking dark humor movie “The Brand New Testament” where God is also the Devil, for he created the world only to make human suffer for his petty entertainment.
A little note - the idea of Fate as the source of human sufferings and of the existence of a “cosmic Devil” are not really separated. A good illustration would be how tragedies evolved in theater in mainland Europe (mostly France, since I am French). For the longest time, the rule was that tragedies were supposed to be a reiteration and a repetation of the tragedies as made by the Ancient Greeks. However, as time went by, this “sacred” rule that was the basis of the tragedy genre ended up contested and rejected, because society had changed too much. Greek tragedies used fate and destiny a lot, since it was the supreme power in the Greek cosmogony, a force above gods themselves and that created the order of the world. But in a more modern French society based on Christianity, such an idea, despite being an artistic ideal and a plot device, seemed more and more like something inadequate, cruel, stupid. French people couldn’t possibly admit that a man would be doomed to suffering and death before being born for sins that weren’t his own, that a divine prophecy would order crimes and horrors to be committed, or that one would be punished for trying to escape an unfair future imposed on them. In a society based around a supremely good and benevolent God offering humans love, redemption and free will, this ancient Fate seemed despicable, wicked or simply impossible. So, it ended up being taken out of tragedies, and replaced by numerous other things - one being an attempt at christianizing tragedies by replacing Fate with Providence, the wise, just and moral rule of God over the world, allowing salvation, miracles, divine punishments and interventions. Fate, Destiny, was under this theatrical light the antithesis of God’s rule of goodness, virtue and justice.
Gosh that was a long segment.
# Now, I would like to point out that all this God Hand and Chaos Gods comparison is actually coming from my mind. I take no other sources outside of my own observations. I do not know if Kentarou Miura knows, is familiar or even aware of the existence of Warhammer. I merely allow myself to make these parallels because Warhammer was published in 1983, and before the first official chapter of Berserk in 1990 had time to be renewed two times for two more editions (the third edition of the game was released in 1987, one year before the Berserk prototype was published). 1987 was also the year of the release of the first edition of “Warhammer 40000″, the science-fiction and space-travel version of Warhammer (and we know Miura is a huge science-fiction fan).
Anyway, enough chit-chatting about context and such. I began this comparison, I will end it. Now, it is quite hard to fit the four Chaos Gods into five people. But I think Void would actually correspond to Tzeentch. Yes, just like Ubik. You see, Ubik seems to correspond to the idea of Tzeentch as the god of manipulation, deceit, treachery, lies, plots, distortion. But Tzeentch is more than that - he is before all the god of fate. He embodies it, while at the same time perpetually trying to control and beat it. It would seem impossible or paradoxal for a god of chaos to rule over fate, which is definitively a form of “order”, but the Chaos Gods are not shy of paradoxes. Like the God Hand, Tzeentch has the ability to see and influence the future, the causality, the destinies of people, places, beings and objects. But, just like the God Hand, his knowledge is limited and lacking. Tzeentch is not omniscient. This is why he constantly tries to control, manipulate and shift fate, so that it would forever be in his control. But the only way for it to be in his control is to constantly rewrite and recreate it, so it follows the paths Tzeentch created. Tzeentch is known to be an entity that is able to (and often does) warp time and space for its own goal or its simple amusement. For Tzeentch, the space-time continuum is merely a tool, or a cloth, to twist and use to his liking - just like Void and the God Hand. And, in a way similar to the God Hand in general, Tzeentch is also known to give his followers powerful magical abilities (he is the god of magic and sorcerers), but at the cost of them slowly falling into madness and montrosity as they turn into corrupted abominations. Sounds a bit like the Apostles, no? [Well to be honest all the Chaos Gods can make deals with their followers. Slaanesh gives you the ability to experience unbelieviable and inhuman pleasure at the cost of addiction, madness and a few additional limbs and organs. Nurgle gives you invicibility and frees you from fear and suffering, but in exchange you become a living corpse filled with parasites and cancers. Things like that.]
There is however one big difference between Tzeentch and the God Hand, especially Void. Tzeentch is a being of change, evolution, progress and modification. This is why he keeps changing his plans, setting his pawns against each other, sabotaging his own plans and betraying himself. If Tzeentch ever gets stable, if he ever wins, if he ever has a supreme rule over everything with no opposition or evolution, Tzeentch will die. Void (and the preaching of the God Hand) is the absolute opposite - they preach a cold, inexorable, inevitable Fate, a supreme Will that can’t be changed or broken, grand plans that will eventually come forth in time and that nothing will stop, and ultimately a cyclic history that makes the world turn round, without it truly changing or going anywhere. A great Necessity that will forever prevail.
Necessity. This is actually what the Greeks believed birthed Fate. In Greek mythology, and in Greek concepts, fate and destinities were chosen and created by “Ananke”, which as a personnification was both a philosophical concept and a goddess. Ananke is the Greek word for “necessity”, “need”, “inevitability”. She was the force that ruled over everything, mortals and gods, and that no one could surpass or disobey. The world had needs and constraints, and to be met “Fate” was created. Note however that Ananke, in Greek, is a neutral term. It isn’t negative. There is actually a negative god of Fate, whose name means “Doom” or “Fatality”, and whose only true enemy would be hope (Elpis) - Moros.
It is quite interesting to compare Ancient Greek ideas with the Berserk cosmogony, because “The Idea of Evil” (and by extension the God Hand) were created out of an Ananke, a necessity for a source of evil and suffering, a need for a culprit behind pain and disasters in the world. But this Ananke isn’t the supreme force existing since the dawn of times the Greek imagined ; it is actually an Ananke that humans themselves created. Even more: the Idea of Evil and the God Hand are embodiments of, and carry on, the Moros into the world.
Born from Necessity, claiming to serve Fate, but ultimately only bringing Doom. That’s the God Hand.
Edit: I actually managed to find the chronological origin of the Chaos Gods. They were first explored and described in a Warhammer lore supplement consisting of two different books, released in 1988 and 1990. The exact same dates as the Berserk prototype and first official chapter. As a result you could say the two are basically the same age and there isn’t an older or younger.