Holy Fools & Funny Gods Hidden Link Between Religion Humor
In Holy Fools and Funny Gods, philosopher and cartoonist Izar Lunacek explores the surprising intersections between religion and comedy. Many view religion as a monument to eternal truth. Comedy, on the other hand, is the eternal iconoclast. This conflict between jokers and the faithful frequently marks our present-day culture. But in pre-Christian times, pagan pantheons included holy clowns precariously positioned at the right side of the main deity. Among many tributes paid to gods, at least one ritual was reserved for the trickster who destroyed the world order only to rebuild it refreshed and new. When we put gods on pedestals, we also expose them to communal mockery. When we laugh at clowns, we worship their disregard for social convention.
Graphic Novels, Humor, Spiritual & Religious