In medieval culture, an event like a royal christening is not a private party; it’s the public social event of the year. To not invite any person of rank to such an event is a deadly insult.
Maleficent is certainly someone you wouldn’t want at a party, but she’s also someone powerful enough that only a fool would ever dare treat her with such blatant disrespect. The only way the King and Queen could possibly have gotten away with not inviting Maleficent was to not invite any of the fairies at all; inviting the other fairies and excluding her is explicitly taking sides in the conflict between the fairy factions.
Which means they made themselves her sworn enemies, and she responded by treating them as such from then on. If you actually get into analyzing the social dynamics of the scene, it’s very clear that Maleficent was willing to show mercy at first by giving the King and Queen a chance to apologize for their disrespect to her. She doesn’t curse Aurora until after she gives them that chance and they throw it back in her face with further disrespect.
And yeah, if the King and Queen had done the properly respectful thing and invited her, Maleficent would have given Aurora a scary awesome present. Moreover so would the other fairies, because at that point both sides would be using it as an opportunity to show off and one-up each other. What they gave her before Maleficent showed up was basically just trivial party favors by fairy standards.
How do you know so much about the social dynamics of medieval fairies
How don’t you
This is why I say that Sleeping Beauty is my favorite movie. It’s not really about the romance between Aurora and Phillip - that’s a nice subplot - it’s mainly about the sociopolitical dynamics of this medieval world that is forced to function in between the constant feuding of two fairy factions. I mean, think of how Flora, Fauna and Merryweather talk about Aurora after she is cursed to prick her finger on the spindle. Flora’s first idea is to turn Aurora into a flower. She doesn’t initially think of Aurora as a person, but more like a pawn in this grander scheme to one-up the opposing faction until Fauna mentions that human nature is something Malificent can’t entirely comprehend. How much power do you think these three “Good Fairies” really have? They manage to take a child away from two people - who in any other world would have the most power in the entire social hierarchy - for 16 years, and when they do manage to fuck up the entire plan, instead of admitting their mistake, they instead put the entire kingdom to sleep and play on the hormonal emotions of a young man in order to defeat Malificent. These three fairies can understand and manipulate human emotion to accomplish their goals - what happens now that Malificent is gone?
COLLECTION OF YORUBA ORISHAS
Not to diss on European mythologies but can we seriously have some fuckin’ recognition that there are religions and mythologies that are not Greek or Norse. Why the fuck did I learn about the Greeks 6 times but we never fucking talked about Africa or even really the mythologies and beliefs of native peoples?
(Pssst from what group are these deities from?)
The Yoruba of western Africa.
We’ve been really digging into Yoruba culture in my Anthropology of Magic, Witchcraft and Religion class… what a gorgeous, many-layered mythology.
I will never not reblog this set. It’s fucking beautiful.
Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents and everyone is writing a book.