The Wizard of Oz
16/February/2012 03:12 PM
Everybody loves “The Wizard of Oz,” the classic 1939 film about Dorothy’s (Judy Garland) spiritual journey down the yellow brick road. That’s right, I said spiritual journey. Read into the movie what you will, but her pilgrimage seems to have elements borrowed from Buddhism, New Age and Christian belief systems.
Could Glenda the Good Witch of the North, who sends Dorothy on her journey be a Zen Master? Possibly. Do her ruby slipper represent the Buddhist inner spark?
But even if the spiritual aspects of the story are coincidental, the fact remains that Dorothy takes a pilgrimage not unlike many who came before her and many who will come after… she went on a search to find her true home, she just did it with a lion, a scarecrow and a tin man.
I think the underlying spiritualism of the story is one reason the movie has endured for so many years. It is an intergenerational classic, or as Oz expert John Fricke says, “We always say the age range for The Wizard of Oz is from fetal to fatal.” It’s a funny line, but there is a ring of truth to it.
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