Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Give It Up To Shaki-Ra

Gonna take a break from the main story we've been following here and take a look at some of the cream of the crop in modern pop music video production, writing, singing and dancing. Excited?! I sure am. Hopefully that wasn't overly sarcastic. Pull back the curtain and give us a drum roll please here comes our lady of the hour: Shakira. In her latest single she teams up with one of hip hop's toughest and most rugged gang bangers, none other than Lil Wayne. I was out at a local bar and grill the other Friday and caught a glimpse of the video for "Give It Up To Me" and was intrigued by some of the symbolism and costumes used. So I decided to take a closer look. You can watch the video here.

One of the first costumes we notice Shakira wearing has what appears to be a golden Maltese cross acting like a kind of belt buckle...hmmm. What's a Maltese cross? "This eight-pointed cross (linking the points of four arrowheads at the center) dates back to the First Crusade in the 12th century. It was used by the Knights Templar, the Knights of Malta, and the Order of St. John of Jerusalem among others. In 1813, during the War of Liberation against Napoleon, it was revived by Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III and became an award for acts of heroism, bravery or leadership skills." The Maltese Cross may also represent some type of sun symbolism in the context of this video.

"You can't touch this...just kidding of course you can!"

Modern use of the Maltese Cross is pretty much restricted to military uniforms. Also, I haven't gotten to the topic of the Crusades and the Knights Templar but let's just say that they weren't doing God's work.

Templars partying with Baphomet.

Interesting, so it looks like we have a vague association with war or military regalia. Also notice that she appears to be wearing stylized combat boots and a gold chain on her shorts. She's wearing a pair of black gloves giving off the implication that she is ready to do some hard work...hard work lolz. Chains are very common military uniform accessories too. She also has a crazy tattoo on her left arm which I have no idea what it means but it can't be good; so if anyone has any theories let me know! Also notice that Shakira along with her dance troupe are dancing inside what appears to be a target or concentric circles on the ground. The circle is traditionally considered a feminine symbol for obvious reasons...if you don't see this please refer to in-ies and out-ies.

"FLYING V...go team go!"

Outfit #2: She's got a gray skirt and some black chain draped over her shoulder. I wasn't sure what to make of the black chain until I saw the dance that went along with this outfit. In the context of the dance moves and the look of the chain I would say the chain is meant to symbolize a snake.

"Wanna see my mime impression? Look, I'm climbing up an invisible rope!"

Here's where the interesting stuff comes in. Take a look at the costume she dons for the finale of the video. Look at Shakira decked out in purple and red with a sun crown and arms that look like she stole them straight off Kali the goddess of death. She also appears to be floating or walking on water with a brilliant city and star-scape at her back. What does all this mean?!

How nice would this be if you were a switch-board operator!

Revelation 17:4-5;15

4And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

5And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

15And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

This outfit seems like a pretty big coincidence doesn't it? Also, notice the reference to a "cup" in her hand and remember that the cup or chalice is a feminine symbol. And hey look at that, Shakira is now a trinity...

Suddenly I have a craving for Doublemint gum.

"Crimson is used to describe fine materials and sin. The dye was extracted from the dried body of of the insect coccus ilicis; qirmiz (or kermes) as transliterated in Arabic. Along with blue, scarlet and crimson, purple is used to describe hangings and fine materials. The dye was extracted from a particularly scarce family of shellfish which made it quite valuable. Purple became a symbol of royalty and riches due to the scarcity of its dye."

Let's take a closer look at her crown. Does it look familiar? "The general appearance of the
statue [of liberty's] head approximates the Greek Sun-god Apollo or the Roman Sun-god Helios as preserved on an ancient marble tablet (today in the Archaeological Museum of Corinth, Corinth, Greece)—Apollo was represented as a solar deity, dressed in a similar robe and having on its head a "radiate crown" with the seven spiked rays of the Helios-Apollo's sun rays, like the Statue's nimbus or halo. The ancient Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, was a statue of Helios with a radiate crown."

"The ancient Roman goddess Libertas was honored during the second Punic War by a temple erected on the Aventine Hill in Rome by the father of Tiberius Gracchus. A statue in her honor was also raised by Clodius on the site of Marcus Tullius Cicero's house after it had been razed. The figure also resembles Sol Invictus, the Roman god of sun." The main thing I want to point out in this quote is the fact that there is a resemblance to the sun god Sol Invictus. It's not a stretch of the imagination to look at the radiant or turreted crown as a sun symbol. Who else wears a crown like this?

From left to right we have: the Greek goddess Cybele, Babylonian goddess Semiramis, and Hindu god Agni.

Hey look at Lil Wayne he managed to get himself some bling in the the form of a halo!

From left to right: a face only a mother could love and Jesus Christ.

The lyrics speak, albeit poorly, for themselves:

How you doin I'm Mr Mos I'm back
Timb are you on it x2
Give me some
Is this what you wanted? x2
Oh

Uh Wayne's World
I'm the cashier I change girls
You can go up my crain girl
And Imma go down that drain girl
Hey ah midnight cowboy
My flow's a dog...down boy
Hah my girl is a queen
And she do what I say and I say what I mean
Then I give it to her uncut
Shakira, swing those hips like nun chucks
Now, give it to me
I want the best and the best things in life are free

(Refrain) You can have it all
Anything you want you can make it yours
Anything you want in the world x2
Give it up to me

Nothing too big or small
Anything you want you can make it yours
Anything you want in the world x2
Give it up to me

What you get is exactly what you give
Never really know until you try
We're so ahead of this
Got this she wolf appetite that keeps me up all night
You know the way it works don't be afraid to ask
Aim high when the target is low
FYI I am ready to go
People say men are just like kids
Never saw a kid behave like this

What you give is exactly what you receive
So put me in a cage and lock me away and i'll play the games that you want me to play

(Refrain)

Hey can we go by walking
Or do you prefer to fly
All of the roads are open
In your mind
In your life
Give it up to me

Hey can we go by walking
Or do you prefer to fly
All of the roads are open
In your life
In your life
Give it up to me

Hey lil lady
What's your plan
Say lil mama
Come take a ride jump in

Hey there baby
What's on your mind
Don't need approval tonight, tonight
Give it up

(Refrain) x2

So what do we have here? Why the allusions to religious mythology? Why the military symbolism? It seems to me that we are looking at a 3 minute sales pitch. This video is not just selling a lifestyle but a spiritual movement. The mentions of karma and getting what one wants combined with the goddess symbolism implicates some form of spirituality. There are sexual euphemisms (most likely written by a 10-year-old), depictions of the divine feminine, lots of circles, serpent symbolism (read: Eve) with some military symbolism thrown in to communicate power or authority. Combine all of these ideas and we get a great modern day pop portrait of new age humanism ie. establishment sanctioned sex worship. Good times.

4 comments:

  1. wow so interesting! thanks for this! =)

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  2. Superb analysis . . . at first I was shocked at how Hollywood and the commercial music industry were used for this kind of propaganda . . . now when I witness it, I realize it's just business as usual!

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  3. Thanks for the comments guys.

    @Kold$hadow
    Yep, the business of brainwashing everyone into worshiping at a particular altar.

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