Solatrum Mortale (solatrummortale) wrote in pagannarnians,
Solatrum Mortale

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Salutations! I'm so excited to find this community! (And how wonderfully appropriate that I join a Pagan community on Beltane, lol) I first read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe when I was 7. I remember distinctly because it was the first chapter book I'd ever read by myself and it was really hard, lol. I constantly had to ask my parents for help. I just fell in love with all the books and have been re-reading them ever since.

I was 20 years old before I realized they were a Christian allegory and my very first thought was "But they're so Pagan!" Yes, I know in the very first book it talks about Sons of Adam and Daughters of Eve, but that never seemed much of a religious reference to me, (I remember I had to ask my parents what it meant) it was more just a way of clarifying which world you came from. Especially after reading Prince Caspian, where you first find out that the "humans" of Narnia are called Sons of Frank and Daughters of Anne.

I admit I was a little bummed when I first found out, but maybe because I had been reading them in a certain mindset for so long I got over it very quickly and viewed them the same way that I always have-as some of the best pagan fiction ever written! LOL Then I felt even better later when I found out that, although a very religious man, C.S. Lewis never intended for them to be taken as an allegory.
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Welcome! You will find the community rather inactive :( but feel free to bend my ear, I could talk Narnia all day :)
I too didn't notice the Christian allegory, or the racism until I was a teenager and it was pointed out to me. I haven't been able to enjoy the books as much since. But then Christianity took much of it's symbolism and mythology from Paganism, so we can say Aslan is the dying and resurrecting God e.t.c...
Racism? You mean Calormens...hmm...I hadn't thought of that. Aravis definitely gets her due, but no one else does do they. I don't recall to much emphasis on their skin color just their manners, but now I'm going to have to go back and read "A Horse and His Boy" and "The Last Battle" again. How depressing:(

As far as the allegory thing goes, it doesn't. lol I suggest you take heart in that as I did. Lewis himself said that the books were NOT an allegory and should not read as such. Although a devout Christian, he was very disappointed with all this allegory nonsense that surfaced later.

Is it just me or have you ever noticed the similarity in the Christian arguments over Narnia and Harry Potter, one side saying it's an allegory and the other say it's the devil's work?