Extra Credit #1 - Next he smears the contents on Simba's...

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Tayla Neale REL 200 Professor Mckee 5 December 2013 Extra Credit #1 The 1994 Disney film, The Lion King, contains many religious themes throughout it such as, sacrificial love, death and resurrection, and symbolism of God. More specifically I will be discussing how the film offers an underlying display of a baptism. Baptism is a religious rite of the Christian church where one is immersed in water or water is applied to them to symbolize purification or regeneration and admission to the Christian Church. . Within The Lion King this idea of baptism happens on two occasions. One occasion would be at the beginning of the film when Rafiki grabs Simba in his arms, shakes something over his head, then cracks it open to let out the sticky substance.
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Unformatted text preview: Next he smears the contents on Simba's forehead, just as one would do with Holy Water at a Baptism. Rafiki then proceeds to raise samba up and present him to the world just as a baptism symbolizes admission to the church. The other occasion would have to be when samba is called back to his baptism. The baboon requests that Simba come to the water to see his father. Once Simba finally see’s his father’s reflection, his father tells him “Simba, you have forgotten who you are, you are more than you have become, Remember who you are". This is a great example of reaffirmation of baptism vows....
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