Anonymous asks:

You seen this?

I have not…

I like the idea of trying to put all the pieces together, and I’m certainly always impressed by the effort, but to be honest I’m a little iffy about these attempts to create big schematic maps of the whole cosmology because I’m not totally sure it’s all meant to fit together in a consistent way.  Like, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina and Arceus are part of the mythology of Sinnoh, whereas Kyogre, Groudon and Rayquaza are part of the mythology of Hoenn, so trying to work out the relationship between them is sort of like trying to describe the relative hierarchical positions of Hera, Amaterasu and Isis – there may not be an answer that makes sense, and they come from cultures that actually have pretty different ideas about what gods even do.  Even though Dialga and Celebi are both linked with time, they come from very different myths produced by very different cultures, and they act in very different ways, so I’d be wary of suggesting that they have anything to do with each other.  In the Pokémon world, of course, we get to meet (and indeed capture) these mythical beings, observe their powers, and see that there might just be something to the feats ascribed to them in mythology, but I’m never quite sure how seriously we’re supposed to take all of that.  Is Arceus actually the creator of the universe, or is it a very powerful Pokémon with abilities beyond the comprehension of modern humans that was worshipped as a creator god by some ancient tribe at the foot of Mount Coronet?  I think our official sources go both ways on that from time to time, and I think that’s intentional.

I kind of want to try tackling the cosmology full-scale some time, but to be honest I don’t even know where I’d start; it’s such a big, messy topic…

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