Disappointments, disillusionments, Depression. As much as we fans would have loved Elvis to keep touring and recording –
from Elvis’ POV. he had had it all. conquered the music charts, Hollywood and Television. Europe would have been a few months diversion, but comparing the track lists of his concerts year by year. Elvis had been phoning it in for a while.
Now and then, his true emotions showing. his voice never gave out.
Elvis gave the first globally broadcast single entertainer program – there’s a reason why the world agreed on him first and on no one since. Jesus may be lord. but ELVIS IS KING
Elvis wore religious symbols from many religions and they are on his grave. He used to joke that he didn’t want to miss out on heaven on a technicality. so his actual beliefs were a lot more cosmopolitan than his public image reflects.
there may well be more statues of Elvis around the globe than any other person in history.
Jesus was a fictional character
Elvis was a real person who died from workplace bullying.
Elvis the new religion
Posted on December 4, 2009
Elvis the basis for future religion.
I think that we are seeing a new religion emerging. Elvisism, Elvites, Presletarianism – something based around Elvis Presley.
The reason that I believe this is the many religious aspects of the Elvis story.
born in humble circumstances and poverty.
sole survivor of a twin birth that his father later claimed to recalling a strange light in the sky on the night of his birth
escaped death again at age 5 from a tornado that ripped through Tupelo.
He lived in Memphis along a mighty river and became known as The King, giving Pharaoh associations.
He recorded his first music on Sun Records – and most religions have sun gods, gods of light
He ushered in a great cultural change – broke racial barriers while heightening the generational gap and put overt sex at the cultural forefront
His personal image was one of racial tolerance, generosity/charity
The kisses, scarves and other items given out to the crowds during concerts is like having a blessing bestowed upon you
He was surrounded by a core group of disciples (Memphis Mafia) who have split into camps and written conflicting books after Elvis’ death
there are stories of him having visions, laying on hands healing,
there’s been after death sightings of him in person, or just his image appearing as people see Jesus, Virgin Mary, and other religious figures in wood grain or mineral patterns, or on toasted bread products….
Elvis’ image is reproduced in religious type paintings
Impersonators or Tribute Artists are priests – even having special garments – Elvis’ stage wear and movie costumes.
people make pilgrimages to Graceland – especially for the winter holiday (Jan 8) and the end of summer (Aug 16) holidays – which is already a weeklong festival
The annual candlelight vigil are exhibiting a form of worship and ritual. As is the annual lighting of the Graceland holiday lights.
people have special areas in their homes of their Elvis collections, serving as altar areas or even rooms in their homes which act as temples.
what other religious elements do you see in the Elvis story, that future generations will reinterpret?