Cycle of Re: Hitler and Disney
In 1955 Disney opened Disneyland, a theme park that expressed different aspects of the Re mythology. At the center of the park is a castle, signifying that a monarch or pharaoh, Disney himself, presides over this magic kingdom. Nearby is a replica of the Matterhorn, the peak in Europe that most resembles a pyramid.
The park features boat adventures, such as the Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean, which duplicate the experiences of Re, who travels through the sky in a boat and battles the serpent Apep. The “demons” faced by tourists on the Jungle Cruise include hippos preparing to ram their boat, spear-wielding headhunters and leaping piranha.
Re presided over a pantheon of gods with animal features that included Sobek (crocodile), Khnum (ram), Thoth (ibis) and Bastet (cat). Disney, in the Tem phase of Re, presided over a pantheon of animals with human characteristics, including the dogs Goofy and Pluto, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and Donald and Daisy Duck.
Tem provided prosperity but a restless world was awakening to a new dawn. Here comes the sun.
The Secret of Sand Mountain
In the late 1950s, I was a student at Miles Avenue Elementary School in Huntington Park, California. The school provided an after-hours day care center where children could stay until a working parent could pick them up.
The school had a large sand box, which became more fun to play with when the sand was hosed down and you could pretend you were at the beach, sculpting sand castles or other creations.
I recall building a mountain of sand then carving furrows that circled the mountain. I would run marbles down the sand chutes. Sometimes if the wet sand was firm enough, I carved a tunnel through the mountain to provide a more interesting route for the marbles.
Only decades later did I realize that my marble “ride” on Sand Mountain was a prototype for the Matterhorn bobsled ride at Disneyland. I shared a common vision with Walt Disney.
Images Hitler in 1937, Creative Commons; Walt Disney with models of the Sleeping Beauty Castle and the Matterhorn, fair use