The barbarian myth, an inverted St. George story

St. George is the prototype of the familiar European story where the knight sallies forth from the city to the wilderness to kill the dragon and save the princess.

The popular legend of Saint George’s fight with the dragon is only as old as the 11th century, the oldest known written version coming from Georgia (Europe). The tale exists in a multitude of variants, but a synoptic plot goes like this:

A city is harassed by a dragon that lives in a nearby lake. At first, the townsfolk appease the monster by giving it their cattle but when their lifestock runs out, they end up feeding their own children to the beast. The offerings are determined by lot.

One day, the lot of the only daughter of the king of the place comes up. The princess is sent out to the dragon and waiting for her doom when a lone knight, Saint George, happens to ride by. Told about the situation, he promises to save the princess in the name of Jesus.

One exciting fight later, George ties up the dragon and drags it into the city. The townsfolk are terrified, but Saint George assures them the power of Christ has defeated the monster, and promises to finish it off if they will become Christians. The king and the citizens consent, and George sends the monster to dragon heaven.

Everybody celebrates and the king wants to reward Saint George. But George declines all worldly rewards and instead makes the king give the money to charity. After making the townspeople promise to be good Christians, George rides away, possibly into the sunset.

The localization of the legend varies: In the Georgian version the town saved by George is called ‘Lasia’, but in the Golden Legend it is ‘Silene in Libya’ (the identity of these places in uncertain). In the Middle East, the spot where George killed the dragon is traditionally identified as Saint George Bay near Beirut. The legend is also recognized among Muslims of the same region, some of whom postulate the dragonslayer was really the immortal Al-Khidr.

The legend of St. George, as told in The Golden Legend (13th century), can be read here.

In the inverted myth, the hero comes from the wilderness and the dragon is ruling over a degenerated castle/city/civilization, so that the hero enters the castle to kill the dragon and rescue the princess. I’ll be using the first episode of Berserk to illustrate this myth (tomorrow) but here are some other random examples.

-Armageddon in the Bible
-Every Conan the Barbarian story
-The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time
-Super Mario
-The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
-Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn by Tad Williams
-The third act of Final Fantasies 3/6, 7, and Tactics
-Robin Hood

If you think of any other examples, please leave a comment. It’s a dead giveaway when somebody in a throne room turns into a snake and killing the snake demon frees the peasants in that town from a brutal dystopia of mercenaries, terrorism, and taxation.

I’d recommend watching this episode as a stand-alone story, it’s excellent by itself (except for the opening theme, which is surprisingly bad).

In the anime it’s only implied that the count/snake demon is eating the children that are being sent to him as danegeld (seen very briefly in a scene early on with a carriage full of them, and an unexplained scream just before the scene of the count eating dinner) but it’s very explicit in the manga. This myth could be summarized “hero as counter-elite”.

People with advantages are loath to believe that they just happen to be people with advantages. They come readily to define themselves as inherently worthy of what they possess; they come to believe themselves ‘naturally’ elite; and, in fact, to imagine their possessions and their privileges as natural extensions of their own elite selves. In this sense, the idea of the elite as composed of men and women having a finer moral character is an ideology of the elite as a privileged ruling stratum, and this is true whether the ideology is elite-made or made up for it by others. In eras of equalitarian rhetoric, the more intelligent or the more articulate among the lower and middle classes, as well as guilty members of the upper, may come to entertain ideas of a counter-elite. In western society, as a matter of fact, there is a long tradition and varied images of the poor, the exploited, and the oppressed as the truly virtuous, the wise, and the blessed. Stemming from Christian tradition, this moral idea of a counter-elite, composed of essentially higher types condemned to a lowly station, may be and has been used by the underlying population to justify harsh criticism of ruling elites and to celebrate utopian images of a new elite to come.

-C Wright Mills
The Power Elite

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25 Responses to The barbarian myth, an inverted St. George story

  1. Obadiah says:

    I’ll reference RE 4 again. Leon’s very thin backstory as a “US government agent” (sent in to dispatch a heavily-armed-and-staffed religiously-fanatical paramilitary organization with nothing other than a handgun, a radio, and a single magazine of ammunition) could be easily replaceable with the deeper “Enkidu/Virtuous-Wild-Man” archetype. This is especially true because at the beginning of the game Leon quite literally emerges from a misty primordial European forest before overthrowing the dystopian kingdom ruled by Saddler.

    The game designers went with a more “alien” and otherwordly design for Saddler and Los Plagas as opposed to reptilian/serpentine (though you can still see a serpent-logo emblazoned on Krauser’s knife during the QTE fight). But the moral lesson and the mythological foundation of the game is the same.

  2. Obadiah says:

    Saddler, like his Atlantean forebears, looks like a space alien:

  3. Aeoli Pera says:

    >I’ll reference RE 4 again. Leon’s very thin backstory as a “US government agent” (sent in to dispatch a heavily-armed-and-staffed religiously-fanatical paramilitary organization

    Excellent choice, although the use of this missionary-like savior instinct to serve the ends of another government may serve as a subversive element, paralleling the use of real-world missionaries to destabilize foreign states.

    >The game designers went with a more “alien” and otherwordly design for Saddler and Los Plagas as opposed to reptilian/serpentine

    I can see a case for the octopus-themed Ahrimanian Cthulu being the degenerate totalitarian panopticon.

  4. Aeoli Pera says:

    That said, the dragon/snake one is more traditional as in Campbell, less introspective and sexual as in Freud and Jung.

  5. Aeoli Pera says:

    Good grief, how could I not have thought of Yojimbo? I seriously watch too many cartoons.

  6. Boneflour says:


  7. Obadiah says:

    Dragon Quest 11. I took a flyer on this game after getting done with Divinity OS 2 and looking for a different RPG on the PS4. I’m not very far into it but the Inverted St George myth loosely appears to be the plot of the game (though the protagonist appears to be racially melon not unlike Chrono). The story begins with a small village of moral tool-users being destroyed by a militaristic Normanesque Empire ruled by a secret cabal of empowered occult hermeticist actors.

    The map of the game also looks like an “as above so below” baphomet.

  8. Obadiah says:


  9. Obadiah says:

    If the fall of Man, his redemption through Christ and the Pharisees’ current achievement of world-dominion is the main storyline of the tragedy of history then Edenism is nothing if not a very interesting and important subplot.

  10. Obadiah says:

    Looks like the similarities between Chrono Trigger and DQ11 come from the fact that both games’ creative processes were overseen by Yuji Horii, a man with a case of assboogers as serious as his tobacco addiction. He’s the “Jap who’s been woke to Neanderthal theory since 1995”.

  11. Aeoli Pera says:


    You probably have translated imports. Can’t appreciate the cultural nuance of the original Japanese.

  12. bicebicebice says:

    “Obadiah says:
    May 3, 2019 at 12:56 am
    If the fall of Man, his redemption through Christ and the Pharisees’ current achievement of world-dominion is the main storyline of the tragedy of history then Edenism is nothing if not a very interesting and important subplot.”

    do you mean pharisee-pharisee or pharisee jew, because neither rules anything, hebo was dead for 1600 years and israel is a pet projecting of zionism, carefully revived pruned safe-hebo for anyone who wants to be jew just like anyone can be american, zionism being a goy of masons powered by the industrial revolution being the golem of melonboons. i just wanted to point that fact out, israel is riddled with mason garbage and is just america in the desert really aka a shithole but not for 100% jew reasons, also that country is shrinking because golanschmolan i say call me when they take back sinai (when their masters tell them itz okay aka never). Only oildrilling ventures are kosher.
    nu-brews are basically actually unironically hobos thus hebo.

    Just melonboon things

    Aeoli Pera says:
    May 3, 2019 at 4:57 pm
    ” Can’t appreciate the cultural nuance of the original Japanese.”

    ma frère noire d’Am(f)rique

  13. Obadiah says:

    Roffschild and Soros are both Jews no matter how hard your counterfactual autism screams otherwise. Israel is the primary criminal base of the global elite.

  14. Schrödinger's Psych Evaluation says:

    >You probably have translated imports. Can’t appreciate the cultural nuance of the original Japanese.

    Uh oh. Aeoli said a thing that reminded me of another thing. *quickly glances at wristwatch* IT’S PARODY-CEPTION TIME, BITCH!

    *clears throat*
    I play games in the o-riginal Moonspeak.
    And that’s because I am *the* ultimate game freak.
    (Yes,) I play them in
    The original Moonspeak.
    The original Moonspeak.

    Anyway, the NES, the SNES, and the Sega Genesis are the most awesomest systems ever, and anyone who says otherwise is a bad person.

  15. Obadiah says:

    Dick Cheney isn’t a Jew though, that’s for sure. Freemasons and Jews are both different factions of “Team Satan” and there is significant intergroup overlap at the higher levels. The Jews and Freemasons both play their part in the infernal conspiracy, but while the Freemasons have no genetic class-consciousness, it’s one of the Jews’ defining features.

  16. Obadiah says:

    The more a person leans toward Steiner’s Lucifer, the more they’ll fixate on the Jews and turn a blind eye toward the Freemasons and vice versa the more they lean toward Ahriman.

  17. bicebicebcie says:

    “Obadiah says:
    May 3, 2019 at 10:56 pm
    “itz they jews the omnipotent who runs the galaxy but at the same time can’t even run their own country keep getting “exposed” shat on and shoaed”

    “but while the Freemasons have no genetic class-consciousness, it’s one of the Jews’ defining features.” are you be trolling? you can become a jew with less than 1% ashkenazi, hell even ivanka trump is a jew these days. you sound like the perfectly conditioned shabbas-jew I talked about. two peas in a pod that america and america in the sands. “I am a goy and a jew im both”-donald trump

    unfreemasons run the world because melonboons don’t lay bricks. I still like your inquiring, the truth is out there, but itz so plump I think i’m taking the bait here getting trolled.


  18. Obadiah says:

    I think the tendency of small-group adapted people to fail to understand the extent and magnitude of the Jewish problem comes from their inability to understand soft power, while the tendency of large-group adapted people to overlook Freemasons is because they have friends/family/acquaintances who are often low-level members of the apparently-benign old-boys’ lodge (as well as more general exposure to people who are involved in the low levels)

    Either way, walk into a meeting of elite-level Freemasons and you are going to find more Jews than you can swing a yarmulke at

  19. Obadiah says:

    Conversely, walk into a meeting of elite-level Jews and you’re going to find more Freemasons than you can swing a square and compass at.

    I was wrong to imply that the Jews’ current world-dominion is exclusive, but you’re also wrong to imply that the Synagogue of Satan are somehow bumbling idiots and/or goodbois who dindu nuffins and was just tryin to take over the world and enslave dem goyim for all eternity and sheeit. That said, I’ll admit that I do tend to over-fixate on the Jews.

    >unfreemasons run the world because melonboons don’t lay bricks.

    The Jews are basically heavily-inbred melonheads with strong Mousterian Neanderthal input.

  20. bicebicebice says:

    jew-men are the most feminine breed of men on the planet, then again that israeli pm is pretty built. i’m just saying that not once did people blame the kavemensch-races except for “egghead” or the classic simpsons “quit your daydreaming melonhead”.

    you should look into how “israel”/concept materialized out of thin air after not existing for 1600 years, it explains why they do not read certain chapters out loud of jesus being the messiah, the most logic comes from khazarians being eastern/eurasian stepmountainnoggers which is more natural for them than residing in israel geography. ur-melons aren’t exactly roavers because they don’t have that physique, then again you get that ponintyhead people coming from the steppes-stories to enslave entire continents.

    im not downplaying the jew-jewing, america is evidence of that, but at the same time israel is held on someone elses leash. the irony is that those khazarians living in london burning israeli flags saying it is not the holy land, are not even jews themselves but i guess smart enough to know the pretty obvious wrongs involved in the whole issue, which is funny.

    in essence they are mishmashmensch who know how to drum up the sapes with stimuli, however they are not good at being original jews, it is again akin to america in the middle east.

    you see how far we even got away from the melonboon angle? case closed (opened), it makes the most sense that the “jew” is the enemy of the ur-melon, because they are watered down basterds of them. again israeli is riddled with mason landmarks to show ownership, like your initals on a dog collar. just like the entire west is but still. it just seems like the most sensible 250+IQ thing to do, wear someone elses skin mockingly letting them take the blame and just play that forever in a world of 56IQ manbearbonobopigs, melons only get shoaed when their sape-anti-farm societes get toppled by the ITZ, like a famine or plague or some shit like that. It is also pretty stupid to have a fascination with a creature that is a monster basically, and has been know to eat you and dilute you in the past but that is the way of the melon, the alex jones psychic vampire angle you gotta have cattle to feed off, dumber subjects requires more of them?

    0 melons died in adolfs summer camps

  21. Aeoli Pera says:

    I can’t believe RE4 didn’t make me think of the Metal Gear Solid games.

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