I just had the most mind-blowing realization when thinking about Princess Mononoke. When the Forest Spirit’s head is shot off by Lady Eboshi, It’s blood ends up curing the curse that Ashitaka has, meaning Ashitaka would never have been cured of his curse unless the forest spirit died. We see earlier that the forest spirit can heal physical wounds… but would not heal his curse.
So here we have this theme that only through death of god or (G) can the curse of man be lifted.
When Ashitaka and Mononoke-hime both raise up the head of the forest spirit to its hollow, voided-self, the curse actually floods both of their bodies, as seen by the mark, now running down both of them.
It is the most horrible thing you can do, kill a god; it’s beautiful, holy, and even has the power of life itself- but only through its death, whom Ashitaka even fought for through the entire movie, is he able to have his curse lifted, and be given the gift of life.
It’s a beautiful lesson in Life and Death and how they relate to each other.
The Nightwalker / Forest Spirit is such a great design, because it is a little strange looking, just like something ancient that has always been there would look. .
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