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Post by Xuchilbara on Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:13 am

There will be spoilers. This is a theory thread.
So if you're not interested in theories or theories about the cult or the cult in general, kindly escort yourself out. tl;dr. ;)

For along time I have had it in my head that the 'eye of night' and other symbolism to relate to the God of the series is related to the evil eye. Mercury had shown me this cutscene I had not seen in forever. I decided to slow it down and look at the drawings and we got to talking about it. Then I noticed this and it's everything I have ever been looking for to show more proof the evil eye and the God, the delusion, are somehow related.

This significant photo is what I got:
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It isn't just a scribbling on the wall in this area. It's the actual incubus! What's more is that one of it's wings is represented by an eye. If the file in the play novel is correct about the cult, an "evil entity has to come in contact with a saint" to create God. I have read from people who are fluent in Japanese that the incubus was supposed to be the "son of God", which explains itself as an incubus and delusion, could this "evil entity" also be somehow an embodiment of the evil eye itself?

It's not a wonder that even if the incubus was intended to be the "son of God" originally, it eventually became mistaken for the God of the cult. This ties in both the original script and the revision that was continued in Silent Hill 3.

Before I continue I want to talk about the evil eye from folklore. It has it's origins as a entity thought to bring about misfortune in the ancient civilization of Sumer and Babylon, which was influential in the Silent Hill series. (Babylonia was referenced in Downpour and SH2.) The evil eye has been passed down through various tribes and civilizations. Modern Christians, Jews, and Muslims adopted it. It spread as far in the East as Japan and as far West as here and in Mexico where it has taken root. There are many remedies against it, and though the lore and remedies vary from culture to culture, most of it is the same. In some cultures it retains the enitty status, which can be found in writings such as the Keys of Solomon that paint the angel Gabriel battling it. In other cultures it may have this aspect or not, but in all myths it can be cast intentionally and unintentionally. Witches were feared to cast it intentionally if they wanted to do harm to someone. I think it's safe to say this concept is now almost universal.

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^"Detail of the Evil Eye Mosaic from the entrance hall of the House of the Evil Eye, Antioch, early second century AD. A representation of Evil Eye is being attacked by a spear, a trident, a snake, a scorpion, a centipede, and a barking dog. Magic and curses were significant worry in late Roman society. The mosaic reflects the vulnerability felt by the inhabitants around doorways and passageways, where the misfortunes of the envious eye could be brought in by outsiders." Photo credit: Antakya Archaeological Museum

There is a famous paper or book called "Wet and dry the evil eye", it talks about the associations the evil eye has with various cultures, which has a lot to do with Silent Hill's background. The evil eye is thought to cause people and animals to go infertile, women to lose beauty, general misfortune, halting of of success, [etc] and in worst cases death of animals, crops, and people. The way the evil eye does this is by "dehydration", it is associated with this premise. It is because of this that the color blue, which tends to represent water, and fish ward the evil eye in great signifigance. In Greece and other parts of Southern Europe they have made blue fish eye amulets called Nazcar to ward the evil eye:
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Now let me break this down a lot better as I possibly can by first taking a look at some of the in game representations of the God with the motif of the eye.

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^The Eye of Night card used to represent God in the tarot according to the Book of Lost Memories. The card talks about how God is too nightmarish to truly be the deity spoken of who is supposed to descend and bring paradise into the world. Thus, God is a delusion, or a false belief.

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^An example of the eye being representative of the card for God in the tarot puzzle of SH3. Found in Alessa's room. Her drawings?

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^The Halo of the Sun is used by the Order to represent God and has an eye in it.

First, Alessa was burned in order to descend God in a ritual. God is associated with fire. While this also has to do with the idea that God is a solar deity, all the traits of the solar deity are absent from the form of God we see in the game. For one thing an incubus is not a solar goddess, it is actually a night demon that preys on people in their sleep. Then we have the fact that the card symbolizing the incubus is "Eye of Night" and shows a starry night. Coupled by the fact that it is called a "dream demon" in Lost Memories and has to do with Alessa being asleep and her nightmare. This "darkness", the night I mean, and the fact that despite this the demon in Alessa is associated with fire too, tells me it is similar to the concept of the evil eye. "Evil" being associated with "darkness" and the evil eye itself dehydration.

Secondly, the evil eye causes misfortune, death, loss of wealth, loss of status etc just as the otherworld is shown to when it switches. It is not just a burned otherworld either, but it seems that Alessa herself and her life is coupled with tragic misfortune. She suffers from her wounds, but is not able to die. She is in a coma in the hospital suffering terrible nightmares. Before that she was constantly teased at school and her mother abused her regularly. She had no fortune in her life. When she draws Harry and the others into her nightmare, she brings about misfortune on them as if she is passing the suffering that the evil eye is causing her. Thus, she is casting it. Bringing about the nightmares and the monsters, with her delusions. They have come to life.

Lastly, when the Halo of the Sun is drawing in other colors it is fine. Red is the most common color. However blue is taboo because it is supposed to be a curse on God. Mercury pointed out that this is similar situation with the Nazcar amulets. They are blue eyes. If the Halo represents God and the eye on the top does, than when it is in blue it's a "curse on God", just as the blue eyes are a "curse" on the evil eye.

This room is also significant:
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Not only does the room depict a few different eyes, on top of the one used for the incubus wing, but the ankh appears in the room. The player has to pick this up to continue. Why is this important? It doesn't seem much if you haven't read the Book of Lost Memories but.. The God and Alessa are immortal, both of them appear in this room, and the ankh is the symbol for life, namely eternal life. Neither of them can never completely 'die'.
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Post by Mercury on Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:55 am

Nice! I love how this turned out. This sounds like the chapel paintings (all I can find is Sun's quotation of them):
"In the beginning people had nothing,
Their bodies ached and their hearts held nothing but hatred.
They fought endlessly but death never came
They despaired stuck in the eternal quagmire

A man offered a serpent to the sun,
And prayed for salvation.
A woman offered a reed to the sun,
And asked for joy.
Feeling pity for the sadness that had overrun the earth
God was born from those two people.

God made time and divided it into day and night.
God outlined the road to salvation and gave people joy.
And God took endless time away from the people.
God created beings to lead people in obedience to her."

That would mean that if the Evil Eye were to represent the night, then God would represent the day and would bring balance with her. If this is true, then there are two beliefs of what God is. Despite that though, every "god" has been a perversion. None of them are truly gods.
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Post by Xuchilbara on Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:18 am

Mercury wrote:[....]
That would mean that if the Evil Eye were to represent the night, then God would represent the day and would bring balance with her. If this is true, then there are two beliefs of what God is. Despite that though, every "god" has been a perversion. None of them are truly gods.


Good call. It makes since than mazoku vs shinzoku. By the descriptions it sounded like something benevolent and unseen existed before and granted people their wish.
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Post by captain crowbar on Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:41 pm

Interesting. How does this branch out into the non-Alessa stories in terms of the Incubus?
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Post by Xuchilbara on Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:26 pm

captain crowbar wrote:Interesting. How does this branch out into the non-Alessa stories in terms of the Incubus?



What do you mean?
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Post by captain crowbar on Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:32 pm

Well, specifically, the OP is referring to the power being produced by the Evil Eye and Alessa's belief that it is the source of the god's power, right?

Does that tie into games like 2, 4, HC, and DP and not just the games focusing on Alessa?
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Post by Wren on Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:38 pm

As someone who is incredibly fascinated with skin, I can tell you that a loss of moisture is, in fact, the most evil of evils.

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Post by captain crowbar on Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:41 pm

It takes it's skin and makes it thin and then it won't go out again, I hope it's kin remembers when the thin skinned thing resembled men.
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Post by Xuchilbara on Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:52 pm

captain crowbar wrote:Well, specifically, the OP is referring to the power being produced by the Evil Eye and Alessa's belief that it is the source of the god's power, right?

Does that tie into games like 2, 4, HC, and DP and not just the games focusing on Alessa?



I think it's some force of nature, a literal entity of "evil" you could say, in the Silent Hill series. At the end of 3 Heather was supposed to hear a baby crying after defeating God and this signified that God had been reborn into a new host, this is canon to the actual game though it was taken out. So, yes it is beyond Alessa.

I remember seeing the eye in Downpour but it was a subtle reference. The most I remember seeing in another game was in 4 with the cards.

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This actually does tie into the game and Walter's sacrifices/ritual.
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Post by Mercury on Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:26 am

I'm curious about Valtiel. He aids in the rebirth of the false god in SH3 and he also initiates Walter's killings in SH4. However, at the same time, he is shown giving sinners the chance to repent. He's always shown as a judge and an executioner. With a divide like this down the middle, it makes his position a little fuzzy.
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Post by captain crowbar on Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:20 am

Maybe the dual nature of Valtiel is due to the complex inner workings of the cult influencing his actions. Enough belief in one direction and he's an angel, the other and he's a demon.
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Post by Red_Wings on Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:31 am

This was a fascinating read. It's always refreshing to find another new doorway of well thought out information about SH and its deep rooted lore. Way to go Purr and Mercury. You two have a hawk's eyes.
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Post by Xuchilbara on Sun Jan 27, 2013 6:00 am

Mercury wrote:I'm curious about Valtiel. He aids in the rebirth of the false god in SH3 and he also initiates Walter's killings in SH4. However, at the same time, he is shown giving sinners the chance to repent. He's always shown as a judge and an executioner. With a divide like this down the middle, it makes his position a little fuzzy.



The veil he puts on God is a symbol of death, though.
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Post by Mercury on Sun Jan 27, 2013 6:03 am

captain crowbar wrote:Maybe the dual nature of Valtiel is due to the complex inner workings of the cult influencing his actions. Enough belief in one direction and he's an angel, the other and he's a demon.
Possibly, yeah. I have a feeling it's a lot more literal though.

Purramid_Head wrote:The veil he puts on God is a symbol of death, though.
Is it? That just complicates things a bit further. haha
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