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Did anyone else notice that a lot of the voodoo (well the serious parts) was REAL VooDoo?? I was a little suprised and a little concerned when I saw that TTG (and presumable LA - not played those games but I asume they're the same) were both invoking real VooDoo...

Did anyone else notice this? Or am I the only one that researches odd and irrelevant forms of magic?

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  • @MrsBBC said: I laughed so hard at that
    I'm still laughing

    Well, we're not saying voodoo magic is real. Only that they used real beliefs.
    Kinda like saying "real Christianity". Someone mentioning Adam and Eve rather than making up something is using real Christian stuff, in that it really is in the Bible, whether it actually happened or not (which is another debate).

    I guess Ashton was surprised that what was used wasn't random magical stuff labeled as "voodoo", but that there was actual research done about the religious beliefs.

    Saying a religion is real doesn't mean whatever it believes to be true is the actual truth.

  • Avistew: That was articulate ... It generally covered what I couldn't be bothered to type, so thanks.

    Juicius: I love the notion that I could be a discriminatory Atheist... or that it would be a bad thing.
    I can assure you that I find all world religions ridiculous. Although admittedly, some are more ridiculous than others...

    Surely I can be discriminatory.... i.e. I can perceive or recognise differences between world religions and as such, perceive some to be more absurd and unlikely than others.

    I find broccoli more tasty than sprouts, but I don't discriminate against sprouts based on prejudice, its about personal interpretation of taste and therefore a matter preference.

    Meh. Why did I bother to post this?
    x

  • @Ashton said: People keep mentioning that this is the book/series that inspired MI. I've not had a lot of luck locating it locally, I'll have to hit the internets - I'd love to read it.

    I am an advocate of buying used books on Amazon.

  • Two thumbs up to MrsBBC. Although I'm sure even you have to admit the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the creator of all things.

    Ramen to you all.

  • @nikasaur said: I am an advocate of buying used books on Amazon.

    Me too... I have done it plenty of times... you can really get great deals that way.

  • @Pirateguybrush said: Two thumbs up to MrsBBC. Although I'm sure even you have to admit the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the creator of all things.

    Ramen to you all.

    Blessed be His noodly appendages!

  • @ Nikki/Irishsmile:
    I dont know how long it's been since I bought a dead-tree book... Most of my library is on my PPC in digital format (lot easier to carry around :p lol)

  • @Iryon said: Blessed be His noodly appendages!


    You beat me to it

  • Well, Nor Treblig is definitely real. Maybe it is real voodoo after all.

  • @Ashton said: Did anyone else notice that a lot of the voodoo (well the serious parts) was REAL VooDoo?? I was a little suprised and a little concerned when I saw that TTG (and presumable LA - not played those games but I asume they're the same) were both invoking real VooDoo...

    Did anyone else notice this? Or am I the only one that researches odd and irrelevant forms of magic?

    @Ashton said: Well, Nor Treblig is definitely real. Maybe it is real voodoo after all.

    Nor Treblig certainly is real. As real as saying "Ron Gilbert" backwards. :D


    Secondly... Ashton, WTH are you on about with "concerns" about Voodoo being portrayed in the MI games? Your first post says you are "surprised and a little concerned," but later posts seem to indicate that you almost revere it. Besides that, "invoking real voodoo?" (define invoke:"to summon into action or bring into existence.") I mean, COME ON now... there's something to be said for the writers to have done some basic background research into stuff to make the plot devices of the Voodoo lady more eerie or true to form for such a character, but actually invoking Voodoo? I highly doubt they would turn the mere basics of background research (for the sake of credibility) into actual practice.

    I had a friend of mine from college who told me that her father said the Harry Potter books are evil because the characters in the story use actual magic spells with real magic words. I know that's a lie, because then who's to stop me from taking a stick, poking a horse hair down into the middle, waving it and saying "Lumos," which means "light" in Latin... is my stick going to light up on the tip? No. Don't be ridiculous. It's the exact same with Voodoo in the Monkey Island games. If I were to, theoretically, reach the "crossroads into the afterlife," and place my own or my wife's wedding ring at the center of it, would I return from the dead? No. Of course not. Give the writers of the games some props for being at least credible in their portrayal of the Voodoo Lady, though. They did a great job.

    Now, with all that being said, my Father in Heaven will protect me from your silly Voodoo, even if it is real.

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