Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Darth Vader: Presbyterian

I'd heard "Heaven is for Presbyterians," but now the Jedi Council, too? Religious dimensions of the Star Wars saga ye knew not!
Not long ago, several Westerners living in China had come across the DVD for Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Obviously, this was a bootleg copy since the official DVD for the film was released last month (November, 2005). The DVD, a camera recording of the theatrical release, was dubbed into Mandarin Chinese and included a feature for English subtitles. The subtitles however, were translated from the Chinese characters and not from the original English track. As such, the words and phrases in the film were mangled beyond belief. The title went from being called "The Revenge of the Sith" to "The Backstroke of the West."

Among all the faulty mistranslations is one of particular interest to us. The Jedi Council was rendered back into the English as "the Presbyterian Church." How on earth did this come about?! Sit back my friends, pour yourselves a cup of tea, and permit me to explain.
Read the rest.... (Fair warning: this is a Syrian Orthodox/"Jacobite" publication.)

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