Let’s start this with a look at a post I did last year, “The Sacred Trinity: Triads In Pop-Culture And Mythology.” In that, I said there was a basic archetypal trio or “trinity” that operated in pop-culture, especially comic books: Isis (the Mother), Osiris (the Father) and Horus (the Son). It didn’t matter if these characters were actually related to each other, or what their specific relationships with each other was. If there was a Woman (say, Supergirl) a Man (Superman) and a Child (Superboy): you now had a Trinity!
For the very popular Batman franchise, this was a natural fit: Batgirl or Catwoman was the Isis-figure, Batman was Osiris, and Robin (dressed in his bird costume) made a fitting hawk-Horus. Again, the actual relationships between the characters, and their connection (or lack thereof) to Egyptian mythology was unimportant—simply seeing in visual form this Trinity “activates” primal recognition in the group subconscious.
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