When Cronus had successfully dethroned his father, he was cursed by his own mother, Gaia, that one day when he had children of his own, he too would be dethroned. So whenever Rhea, his wife, gave birth to a child, Cronus would swallow it down his stomach. And one day, Zeus (Jupiter) was born and eventually dethroned and slain his father just as the curse demanded. The Nazis propagandized that Germans were the pure Aryan. Aryan was the race that migrated from Persia to India, chased away the Dravidians from their native land forcing them to move south, and established the caste system that divides people into a hierarchy according to Hindu beliefs. Meanwhile, the Buddha from another perspective was a political leader when he declared a religion without caste and hierarchy, offering an ultimate light for all souls trapped in the cycle of struggle - Nirvana, the ultimate end of being born to life and thus an end of all struggles.Thailand took parts of Buddhism and mixed them with multi-god Hinduism, plus an additional belief that its kings are avatars of Narayana in the form of human. Meanwhile, the Nazis stirred up a hatred against Jews, deliberate attempting to brainwash people so that they eventually forgot that Jesus too was a Jew. There beliefs persist and unconquerably prevail still in the present time, and have sprouted in the forms of oppression and bloodshed. Just like what Luis Bunuel once said: ” God and Country are an unbeatable team; they break all records for oppression and bloodshed.”
“Supernatural” is a Sci-Fi film imagining the world in the next 100 years. If even at that time, Thais still hold on to old beliefs as firmly as they do now, what points might they have reached? It is told through the “past” of the future time, looking at each 50 years that have passed: 2009, 2060, 2112, and after. The film is divided into 4 unrelated sections and told through Thai beliefs: reincarnations, ethnic group battle, being programmed to memorize nonsense until the nonsense becomes a reality that cannot be questioned, and hatred that instills the instinct to punish anyone with a different opinion as if they were monsters that deserved death and elimination. The film is told through both truths and tales. Some tales are so firmly believed as though they were reality. Some truths are glossed over as though they never before happened. Just like when the supernatural is so well engrained in the their minds as a science, something on which you can pose an assumption and conduct an experiment to prove its validity, when in truth it’s only superstition for which a real proof isn’t available. But if one lives here in Thailand and ever questions these beliefs, they will be labeled a hell-bound sinner.
Written by Thunska Pansittivorakul
Translated by Sasapin Siriwanij