Look, there’s a Golem! A look at the golem in Yiddish and popular culture.
Hallmarks that you’ve got a Golem <ul><li>First mentioned in the Talmud, it’s the first story of creation by God of man. A...
I.L Peretz “The Golem” <ul><li>Golem made in response to crimes committed against the Jewish population. </li></ul><ul><li...
The Golem of Prague (1920) <ul><li>http://www.unexplainedstuff.com/images/geuu_03_img0530.jpg </li></ul>
Folktales “The Golem of Vilna” <ul><li>Not 100% golem: look, he’s got sand in him! </li></ul><ul><li>Activated not by a sp...
“ Clay Golem” <ul><li>http://www.ddmspoilers.com/mm_01/clay_golem.jpg </li></ul>
Yudl Rosenberg “The Golem and the wondrous deeds of the Maharal of Prague” <ul><li>Supernatural elements: divine inspirati...
“ Random ‘Ember Golem’ from  Dudgeon's and dragon  player”. <ul><li>http://www.itchstudios.com/psg/misc4/golem2ember.jpg <...
Things to consider in popular culture <ul><li>Comics </li></ul><ul><li>Movies </li></ul>
More comparisons <ul><li>Popular Novel </li></ul><ul><li>New music  </li></ul>
Where do we go from here?
Questions to consider <ul><li>Is the Golem a ‘man playing god’ story? </li></ul><ul><li>Consider the morality: Golems comm...
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  1. 1. Look, there’s a Golem! A look at the golem in Yiddish and popular culture.
  2. 2. Hallmarks that you’ve got a Golem <ul><li>First mentioned in the Talmud, it’s the first story of creation by God of man. All golems must be made of clay, and anyone who created a golem was considered wise and powerful. </li></ul><ul><li>All golem’s are created with use of magic (or divine inspiration, depending on the writer). </li></ul>
  3. 3. I.L Peretz “The Golem” <ul><li>Golem made in response to crimes committed against the Jewish population. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider the morality: the golem is ordered to kill in defence of the Jewish people. </li></ul><ul><li>The golem is given no literary dialogue, perhaps because golems were not known to speak. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Golem of Prague (1920) <ul><li>http://www.unexplainedstuff.com/images/geuu_03_img0530.jpg </li></ul>
  5. 5. Folktales “The Golem of Vilna” <ul><li>Not 100% golem: look, he’s got sand in him! </li></ul><ul><li>Activated not by a spoken Name, but by a scroll put in his ear. </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple powers: can talk to fish, leap buildings, change his appearance and fly. </li></ul><ul><li>Primary function seem to be to catch fish and perform tasks on the Sabbath (because being non-human, didn’t have to do all the tedious tasks). </li></ul><ul><li>Had a sideline job as a bouncer for the Jewish population. “When the governor heard about him...ah Lord, Lord...the golem, I mean the Gaon, sent the golem to slap the governor around a bit.” (pp.341) </li></ul>
  6. 6. “ Clay Golem” <ul><li>http://www.ddmspoilers.com/mm_01/clay_golem.jpg </li></ul>
  7. 7. Yudl Rosenberg “The Golem and the wondrous deeds of the Maharal of Prague” <ul><li>Supernatural elements: divine inspiration through dream to create the golem. </li></ul><ul><li>Human beings as mystical agents of the elements, learned men. </li></ul><ul><li>Obedient without being intelligent. </li></ul><ul><li>Reference to Blood Libel (false allegation of human sacrifice, usually aimed at the Jewish population). </li></ul>
  8. 8. “ Random ‘Ember Golem’ from Dudgeon's and dragon player”. <ul><li>http://www.itchstudios.com/psg/misc4/golem2ember.jpg </li></ul>
  9. 9. Things to consider in popular culture <ul><li>Comics </li></ul><ul><li>Movies </li></ul>
  10. 10. More comparisons <ul><li>Popular Novel </li></ul><ul><li>New music </li></ul>
  11. 11. Where do we go from here?
  12. 12. Questions to consider <ul><li>Is the Golem a ‘man playing god’ story? </li></ul><ul><li>Consider the morality: Golems committing crimes on behalf of a people or defending a people? </li></ul><ul><li>Active endorsement of magic and sorcery? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the golem ‘human’? </li></ul>

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