Last weekend we saw Black Panther, and I absolutely LOVED it!
One of the quiet messages in the film that I absolutely needed right now was the relationship between magic and technology. I've been struggling with dichotomies like natural/manufactured, tradition/innovation, magick/technology which position the two against each other, as mutually exclusive. Certainly, in previous Marvel films, this has been the case. (Spider Man and Iron Man as science and technology, Thor and Dr Strange as fantasy and magic)
But Wakanda is a place where magic and technology are intrinsically linked. The two grew from the same source and are embraced together wholeheartedly in a way that undermines the whole dichotomy. Here is a culture that can hold both magic and technology up as important--they are one, and both central to their cultural identity. This is a lesson I will keep coming back to until our world breaks free of the dichotomy as well. #blackpanthermagic #wakanda #marvelmagic #poppaganism #magicvstechnology #magicaldichotomies #moviemagick #traditionvsinnovation #naturalvsmanmade