The Cult of Amon - The Taiping Rebellion
This is not as out of nowhere as it may seem. Please read this first:
The Taiping Rebellion (1850 to 1864, present day Nanjing) was led by Hong Xiuquan, who claimed (through visions) that he was the younger brother of Jesus. He founded the 太平天囯 Taiping Heavenly Kingdom, which led to the (failed) Taiping Rebelling against the Qing government, and cost 20 million civilians their lives.
Now, while I still think that the Equalist movement is paralleling the Communist Revolution, especially with the oppression of the non-benders and their demands of equality, there are points to be made for the Equalists and Amon, to be a mash up of both i.e. the Communist Revolution AND The Taiping Rebellion.
- There is the character 平 is used by both, by Hong Xiuguan and Amon.
- Then there is the way the Equalists get addressed at the rally: As ‘Brothers and Sisters’. This is not a Communist greeting, that would be ‘Comrade’. “Brothers and Sisters’ does, on the other hand, do have a religious ring to it. Amon also, so far, has not called for a redistribution of wealth.
- Amon calls the rally ‘Revelation’. And while that fits the episode i.e. him revealing his (potential) Energybending powers, it also has a very Christian Revivalist ring to it.
- Amon claims to be in touch with the Spirit World i.e. he claims the spirits taught him energybending. The Avatar is the religious aka spiritual leader of their world, meaning that Amon’s claim does have, once again, a religious ring to it.
Speculation after this point:
Amon claims to be a non-bender. What if he is not? He has already claimed to have gotten Energybending from the spirits, what if he, in one big final revelation, claimed to be the new spiritual leader by declaring that the spirits gave him (potentially supercharged) bending, so that he can be their new savior? Is he going to rename Republic City into the ‘Amon Spiritual Kingdom’?
Is it wrong that I now kinda want Amon to declare himself the Avatar XD
Uhh just throwing in the fact that 平 means flat, calm, and also, equal.