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Posted 9/19/08
to move on?
Posted 9/20/08
NOOOOO PEOPLE HAVENT U GUYS HEARD THAT IT'S BAD LUCK TO LOOK BAD
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Because then she wouldn't ever be allowed back into the human realm. This parallels the plight of Izanagi/Izanami and of course, multiple other mythologies.
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i am afraid that i cant let you go?
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Posted 10/7/08
maybe chihiro'll walk faster without looking back
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Posted 10/11/08
...... Beats me........I've been trying to figure that one out since I first saw that movie.
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I think it's because she really decided to go back to her own world with her parents. If you make up your mind about something it's better not to look back and think all those "what if....". Then it kind of spoils your choise, so it's better to bravely face on forward. I think^^
Posted 10/14/08
I thought it meant if you look back you will never be able to return to your real world...
but now I think I'm wrong...
mabye it's don't have regrets...
Posted 10/14/08
yea....i guess if she looked back, then she would want to go back and stay with haku and the others....^^ im guessing thats wat haku wanted her to do, move on and try to forget
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AnnaKonda wrote:

I guess it kinda harks back to all those old myths and stuff that end the same way. There was one where some guy went to get his lady back from the underworld or whatever and they had to leave without looking back but she did and had to stay or something. There's one in the bible to, something about someone getting turned into a pillar of salt for looking back. I'm sketchy on the details, obviously :)


I believe the girl from the myth you were talking about is called Persephone, and the underworld ruler is Hades. Hades fell in love with Persephone at first sight, so he kidnapped her and brought her to his underworld realm. He would give her gifts to try to make her happy, but she wanted to go back to the surface. Hades even gave Persephone a little boy to help her garden. (She loved flowers.) Persephone couldn't go back to the upper world because she ate a pomegranate that a little boy had given her. Her mother, Ceres, goddess of Earth, made a bet that she would've been too sad to have eaten anything. When Hermes went to pick her up, the little boy told Hades that Persephone had eaten a pomegranate. Therefore, Persephone could only visit her mother half a year, and stay with Hades in the underworld for half a year. People say that this is why there is spring, the time of growth, and winter, the time of sleep.

Many myths, such as "Gilgamesh and Enkidu", have morals that tell you not to look back.

In my vantage point, Haku told Chihiro not to look back because she would've been somehow stuck in the two dimensions. If not that, Haku just probably didn't want her to remember looking back at his face while she was leaving the spiritual world.
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Miish-Chan wrote:


AnnaKonda wrote:

I guess it kinda harks back to all those old myths and stuff that end the same way. There was one where some guy went to get his lady back from the underworld or whatever and they had to leave without looking back but she did and had to stay or something. There's one in the bible to, something about someone getting turned into a pillar of salt for looking back. I'm sketchy on the details, obviously :)


I believe the girl from the myth you were talking about is called Persephone, and the underworld ruler is Hades. Hades fell in love with Persephone at first sight, so he kidnapped her and brought her to his underworld realm. He would give her gifts to try to make her happy, but she wanted to go back to the surface. Hades even gave Persephone a little boy to help her garden. (She loved flowers.) Persephone couldn't go back to the upper world because she ate a pomegranate that a little boy had given her. Her mother, Ceres, goddess of Earth, made a bet that she would've been too sad to have eaten anything. When Hermes went to pick her up, the little boy told Hades that Persephone had eaten a pomegranate. Therefore, Persephone could only visit her mother half a year, and stay with Hades in the underworld for half a year. People say that this is why there is spring, the time of growth, and winter, the time of sleep.

Many myths, such as "Gilgamesh and Enkidu", have morals that tell you not to look back.

In my vantage point, Haku told Chihiro not to look back because she would've been somehow stuck in the two dimensions. If not that, Haku just probably didn't want her to remember looking back at his face while she was leaving the spiritual world.



Actually I was thinking of Orpheus:

The most famous story in which Orpheus figures is that of his wife Eurydice (also known as Agriope). While fleeing from Aristaeus (son of Apollo), Eurydice ran into a nest of snakes which bit her fatally on her heel. Distraught, Orpheus played such sad songs and sang so mournfully that all the nymphs and gods wept. On their advice, Orpheus traveled to the underworld and by his music softened the hearts of Hades and Persephone (he was the only person ever to do so), who agreed to allow Eurydice to return with him to earth on one condition: he should walk in front of her and not look back until they both had reached the upper world. In his anxiety he forgot that both needed to be in the upper world, and he turned to look at her, and she vanished for the second time, but now forever.

But that is just one version of the story, I'm sure there are lots :D
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That's so sad!
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AnnaKonda wrote:


Miish-Chan wrote:


AnnaKonda wrote:

I guess it kinda harks back to all those old myths and stuff that end the same way. There was one where some guy went to get his lady back from the underworld or whatever and they had to leave without looking back but she did and had to stay or something. There's one in the bible to, something about someone getting turned into a pillar of salt for looking back. I'm sketchy on the details, obviously :)


I believe the girl from the myth you were talking about is called Persephone, and the underworld ruler is Hades. Hades fell in love with Persephone at first sight, so he kidnapped her and brought her to his underworld realm. He would give her gifts to try to make her happy, but she wanted to go back to the surface. Hades even gave Persephone a little boy to help her garden. (She loved flowers.) Persephone couldn't go back to the upper world because she ate a pomegranate that a little boy had given her. Her mother, Ceres, goddess of Earth, made a bet that she would've been too sad to have eaten anything. When Hermes went to pick her up, the little boy told Hades that Persephone had eaten a pomegranate. Therefore, Persephone could only visit her mother half a year, and stay with Hades in the underworld for half a year. People say that this is why there is spring, the time of growth, and winter, the time of sleep.

Many myths, such as "Gilgamesh and Enkidu", have morals that tell you not to look back.

In my vantage point, Haku told Chihiro not to look back because she would've been somehow stuck between the two dimensions. If not that, Haku just probably didn't want her to remember looking back at his face while she was leaving the spiritual world.



Actually I was thinking of Orpheus:

The most famous story in which Orpheus figures is that of his wife Eurydice (also known as Agriope). While fleeing from Aristaeus (son of Apollo), Eurydice ran into a nest of snakes which bit her fatally on her heel. Distraught, Orpheus played such sad songs and sang so mournfully that all the nymphs and gods wept. On their advice, Orpheus traveled to the underworld and by his music softened the hearts of Hades and Persephone (he was the only person ever to do so), who agreed to allow Eurydice to return with him to earth on one condition: he should walk in front of her and not look back until they both had reached the upper world. In his anxiety he forgot that both needed to be in the upper world, and he turned to look at her, and she vanished for the second time, but now forever.

But that is just one version of the story, I'm sure there are lots :D


Interesting Story! It makes me want to read it! I've never heard of this one before.

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Miish-Chan wrote:


AnnaKonda wrote:


Miish-Chan wrote:


AnnaKonda wrote:

I guess it kinda harks back to all those old myths and stuff that end the same way. There was one where some guy went to get his lady back from the underworld or whatever and they had to leave without looking back but she did and had to stay or something. There's one in the bible to, something about someone getting turned into a pillar of salt for looking back. I'm sketchy on the details, obviously :)


I believe the girl from the myth you were talking about is called Persephone, and the underworld ruler is Hades. Hades fell in love with Persephone at first sight, so he kidnapped her and brought her to his underworld realm. He would give her gifts to try to make her happy, but she wanted to go back to the surface. Hades even gave Persephone a little boy to help her garden. (She loved flowers.) Persephone couldn't go back to the upper world because she ate a pomegranate that a little boy had given her. Her mother, Ceres, goddess of Earth, made a bet that she would've been too sad to have eaten anything. When Hermes went to pick her up, the little boy told Hades that Persephone had eaten a pomegranate. Therefore, Persephone could only visit her mother half a year, and stay with Hades in the underworld for half a year. People say that this is why there is spring, the time of growth, and winter, the time of sleep.

Many myths, such as "Gilgamesh and Enkidu", have morals that tell you not to look back.

In my vantage point, Haku told Chihiro not to look back because she would've been somehow stuck between the two dimensions. If not that, Haku just probably didn't want her to remember looking back at his face while she was leaving the spiritual world.



Actually I was thinking of Orpheus:

The most famous story in which Orpheus figures is that of his wife Eurydice (also known as Agriope). While fleeing from Aristaeus (son of Apollo), Eurydice ran into a nest of snakes which bit her fatally on her heel. Distraught, Orpheus played such sad songs and sang so mournfully that all the nymphs and gods wept. On their advice, Orpheus traveled to the underworld and by his music softened the hearts of Hades and Persephone (he was the only person ever to do so), who agreed to allow Eurydice to return with him to earth on one condition: he should walk in front of her and not look back until they both had reached the upper world. In his anxiety he forgot that both needed to be in the upper world, and he turned to look at her, and she vanished for the second time, but now forever.

But that is just one version of the story, I'm sure there are lots :D


Interesting Story! It makes me want to read it! I've never heard of this one before.




Baz Luhrmann cited the myth as one of his inspirations for Christian in Moulin Rouge, I think I'll have to go and watch it again now :)
Posted 10/22/08
I love spirted away-and I think there are a number of reasons Haku tells CHihiro not to look back-like she might then be trapped in the world of spirits, etc.
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