Some things from where Fairy Tail is based off
Credits for research goes to ~cruelfaairytail from tumblr.
First, let’s start off with Wendy’s “Milky Way” and The Dragon Festival. I know many mangaka’s are very fond of intertwining their series with many Japanese folk tales, myths, or stories because they, like many other ethnicities, take pride in their culture. Now, I discovered that there is a Japanese folktale, originally stemming from a Chinese Legend, called the Tanabata Festival. Here is the following story:
“The Japanese Tanabata Festival is based on a Chinese legend including elements of a Japanese myth already in place. The festival takes place on July 7 every year and is associated with the stars Vega and Altair.
Vega represents Orihime, a princess and weaver who lived with her father, the emperor Tentei, on the eastern side of the river of the Milky Way. Altair represents Kengyuu, a very handsome and brave herdsman who lived on the western side of the river. Orihime and Kengyuu met and fell in love, which pleased everyone including the emperor. However, Orihime spent so much time being with Kengyuu that she began to neglect her weaving work.
This upset her father and he decided to separate the two on opposite sides of the river, to prevent them from meeting except for once a year on the seventh day of the seventh month when a flock of magpies forms a bridge across the Milky Way. The two lovers are then able to be with each other on this one night.”
I’m pretty sure we all have a firm grip that in Fairy Tail, Milky Way is a magic used to connect or communicate with the dead whereas in the Tanabata Festival it first separates the lovers but also is a means to bring them together thanks to the magpies. But that’s not all we learn from this folktale… we learn that the Tanabata Festival only takes place on July 7th much like the Dragon festival albeit the TBF takes places every year and the DF assumedly takes place every seven years.
If you are wondering, this festival is indeed celebrated in modern times and began during the EDO period. EDO, get it? EDOlas.
Obviously that struck me so I found out the meanings and/or historical importance of EDO and LAS. First of all, las was easy for me to translate since I know it means “village” (I double-checked just in case I get anyone pointing fingers with my credibility). So I went on to read the history of the Edo Period that took place in Japan and it went something like this:
“The Edo period or Tokugawa period is the period between 1603 to 1868 in the history of Japan when Japanese society was under the rule of the Tokugawa Shogunate and the country’s 300 regional Daimyo. The period was characterized by economic growth, strict social orders, isolationist foreign policies, an increase in both environmental protection and popular enjoyment of arts and culture. The shogunate was officially established in Edo on March 24, 1603 by Tokugawa Ieyasu. The period came to an end with the Meiji Resoration on May 3, 1868 after the fall of Edo.”
Hmmm… this sounds awfully familiar. I mean, where in the Fairy Tail universe have I witnessed a society that had strict social orders (exceeds and the humans *COUGH*), isolationist foreign policies (*COUGH* King Faust), and has environmental protection along with popular enjoyment of arts and culture? Oh, I don’t know. (If you haven’t figure it out yet I’m talking about the EDOLAS world..)
And the whole Edo period relation with Fairy Tail doesn’t end there. When you dig deeper and learn about other key factors you can see the similarities with this period and the Edolas arc. For example:
>Tokugawa Shogunate: The Tokugawa shogunate, also known as the Tokugawa bakufu and the Edo bakufu, was a feudal regime of Japan established by Tokugawa Ieyasu (first shogun) and ruled by the shoguns of the Tokugawa Family. (Like the Kingdom of Edolas or if we’re talking about the world, the Exceeds.)
>Shoguns: One of the (usually) hereditary military dictators of Japan from 1192 to 1867. In this period, the shoguns, or their shikken (regent for the shoguns) regents, were the de facto rulers of Japan though they were nominally appointed by the emperor. (VERY much like the Royal Army)
>Tokugawa Family or The Tokugawa clan: A powerful Daimyo (territorial land lords) family of Japan. (MUCH like Prince Mystogan and King Faust.)
>Meiji Restoration: Was a chain of events that restored imperial rule to Japan in 1868 under Emperor Meiji. The goals of the restored government were expressed by the new emperor in the Charter Oath. The Restoration led to enormous changes in Japan’s political and social structure. (Similar to Mystogan’s will to changing the society of Edolas).
Oh and fun fact: Edo, in modern times, is now known as Tokyo.
MOVING ON! I also did some research on Lumen Histoire and the names themselves mean “Measure of Light” and “History” respectively. History derives from the Greek word historia which means “inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation”. This leads me to think… is Mashima saying Lumen Histoire is like Stellar Memory from Rave Master? I’m halfway done RM so things might change so I might be wrong, but so far it is heavily established that Stellar Memory is something along the lines of essentially knowing anything and everything.
Then I found out the following:
Arca > a chest or strong box used in ancient times as a receptacle for money or valuables and also by early Christians for reserving the consecrated bread of the Eucharist.
Dios > from Spanish to English it means “God.”
Comes from the Arabic name “Jalal” meaning greatness. Jellal itself means “greatness, superiority, renown”
Lucy: means light.
Layla: Dark Beauty, born at night.
I don’t know how Arcadios’ name really relates to him, referring to the Arca part of his name, but it could mean he wants to gain something precious or reserve it. Either way, I still believe Arcadios is a deceiving man because why else would he still be in the story? If he was good, then him dying in the lava (especially if you look from a writer’s perspective) would’ve had more of an impact… unless there’s something much more powerful than that. I’m still standing by the fact Arcadios is a suspicious man. And the latter half of his name meaning “God”… I think it relates to the concept that God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. And I think these fit a cunning and manipulative character well. Omnipotent = all powerful nature, which could refer to his influential nature (i.e Yukino), Omniscient = all knowing nature, pertaining to his knowledge and sly thinking (knowledge about Acnologia), and Omnipresent = ability to be everywhere at all times. I can’t really justify this but he does pop out of NO WHERE.
With Jellal, I think it goes without being said that he is powerful and VERY well known (*COUGH* MAGIC COUNCIL, KAGURA, LIST GOES ON.)
And as for Lucy and Layla… I find it quite intriguing that their derivatives contrast each other.
Also, I remember reading a theory about the Baram Alliance and the importance of each of the main Dark Guilds names (Tartoros, Grimoire Heart, Oracion Seis) and how it contributes/relates to a Greek myth. Here’s the following about Tartarus (yes, I’m aware of how it’s spelt differently):
“It is a deep, gloomy place, a pit, or an abyss used as a dungeon of torment and suffering that resides beneath the underworld. In the Gorgias, Plato (c. 400 BC) wrote that souls were judged after death and those who received punishment were sent to Tartarus. Tartarus was also used as a prison for the worst of villains, including Cronus and the other Titans who were thrown in by Zeus.”
This definitely shows why Grimoire Heart was introduced before Tartaros since “Tartarus is a place far below the earth, as far below Hades as Heaven is above the earth.” Hades being the master of Grimoire Heart, and Tartaros is a place immersed in even more darkness than Hades. “Tartarus is also the unbounded first-existing entity from which the Light and the cosmos are born.” This concludes that it’s either the oldest and/or the largest/strongest. To put it in terms… saving the best for last.
And to also add in, in Greek Mythology Tartarus is a place Hades refuses to go in much like the River Styx.
As for the Oracion Seis, besides the obvious reference of name use from Rave Master the name itself means “Six Prayers” and some people even theorize they relate to the “Six Paths of Reincarnation” or Samsara.
(credits to Xaldin from fairytailbase.com for the Tartaros theory)
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