I'm interested in this exercise because I want to see if we can get past cultural barriers to bring stories of universal human interest to people whose cultures would forbid them to peruse said works if they are presented as-such.
Given how all the Kabbalistic imagery and the Judeo-Christian symbology were really secondary to the story, which is mostly a matter of character, how would one go about bowlderizing or even doing a Macekre
of Evangelion for a mainstream Arab-Muslim audience, while keeping the story's strength?
What can we replace the "Angels". the "Dead Sea Scrolls", "Adam" and "Lilith" with so that the events of the story still make sense (and, perhaps, make more
sense) while still keeping that apocalyptic, Armageddon-ish flavor? Perhaps make them fallen
angels, demons, and keep their names? How about making Adam to be Satan instead? But then, what do we do with Lilith? Otherwise, we could sidestep the religious flavor entirely, and make it about aliens, but, given that modern Muslim Moral Guardians
are so stupidly creationistic (the Arabic dub for Digimon didn't have "digivolution": instead, you summoned the Digimon's elder brother from a parallel dimension
, Naruto-style... which actually might make more sense, but...
And how can we deal with the sexuality themes and get all that crap past the radar, while keeping the story intact? I'm especially worried about the movie. Especially... well, everything. The series would be easy to bowlderize without
the movie, but the movie itself is very hard to fit in an Islamic, theistic, interventionist-God perspective, nor does it really work well with their traditional take on the Apocalypse.
Note: if you're not that familiar with Modern Fundie Muslims, they're really really similar to Modern Fundie Protestants. They believe in the Rapture and in Jesus holding a Kingdom of Heaven and defeating Satan. So, it can be a good approximation.
edited 2nd May '12 5:35:58 AM by MarkThis