What are the religious implications in the movie Mulan, and how is it applicable to Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, or Jainism.What are the religious implications in the movie Mulan, and how is it...

What are the religious implications in the movie Mulan, and how is it applicable to Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, or Jainism.

What are the religious implications in the movie Mulan, and how is it applicable to Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, or Jainism.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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On a personal level, I always feel a bit concerned with trying to extrapolate too much out of Disney films.  The reality is that the profit making motives preclude much in way of overall meaning and, particularly, religious exploration and implications.  That being said, I think if we stretched Mulan, we might be able to find some faint religious notions present.  As with most Western depictions of "the East" or "the Orient," the most natural fit is the Buddhist interpretations.  Usually, this becomes the most easy fit because Western depictions of "the East" capitulate to the idea of "finding one's path" and pursuing a direction that normative society might not necessarily embrace.  It is here where Mulan's quest to represent what she considers to be part of her identity becomes vitally important.  Like the Buddhist who must follow their own true calling to find the peace for which they search, Mulan must break off from social conventions that define "womanhood" and embrace what she feels is her own destiny.  The notion of not conforming to social expectations is something that is found in Buddhism and also found in the Disney film.

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