;15652183]As you can see, UN is carrying a kettle on his back. Normally a kettle is filled with water, it used to boil water. But the situation described on the picture is simply not match. They’re like going to have a party. As many people would agree plain water is not enough for a party or a celebration, they need some booze. Well, it looks like they’re not getting any wine for whatever celebration they have. Unless, off course, if UN able to turn the water inside the kettle into wine.
Symbols of Christ Appeared
Symbols are a language. It’s a medium to conduct messages. Human, and maybe animals, have been communicating with symbols. Our daily conversation is basically a symbols trading activity. Symbols may appear as simple as an alphabet letter or in more sophisticate level such as a ceremonial.
Through many centuries symbols have been used also for religious matter. There are religions and sects that recorded to absorb symbolism in their rituals, such as Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Christianity. Several others such as Jewish and Islam are strictly forbid using symbols to describe God and/or the prophet. In Jewish, as written in the Exodus, God forbids the children of Israel to make any image or statues that represent Him. Muslims aren’t allowed to make statues or imagery of God and the prophet Muhammad as it will count as heretic or worst an infidel. In exchange Muslims promote calligraphy to channel sense of art of its follower.
Christianity seems more moderate in handling symbolism that refers to Jesus Christ. Christianity has grown into a big religion. People from different culture and civilization from time to time have been following the teaching of a young Jew namely Jesus of Nazareth. Many of them developed symbols of iconography that refer to Jesus. Among the ever known symbols that refer to Jesus are: the cross, pelican, and fish.
The Cross of the Christ
The first and the most well known symbol of Christ is a cross. Apparently, it appeared in page 15 of chapter 33 Naruto manga.
As if they were baptized with the snow fallen upon them, Zabuza and Haku gained two symbols of Christ above their grave.
Christ’s symbol of cross not appeared in that chapter only. Symbol of cross has been performed several times by UN. In fact you’ll see them more in the future. Apparently, the cross symbol already integrated within Naruto’s kage bunshin no jutsu. Every time he cast the jutsu he will perform a cross shaped hand seal, please check your manga copy again.
The Jesus Fish
Kishimoto Masashi’s Naruto chapter 253 opening page
Among the most famous symbols that refer to Jesus Christ is Ichthys, the Jesus fish. Ichthys or Ichthus is the ancient and classical Greek word for fish. It has been used by Christians as a secret symbol under the oppression of the Roman Empire. The use of the Ichthys symbol by early Christians appears to date from the end of the 1st century AD.
Ichthus is the Latinized spelling of Greek’s ΙΧΘΥΣ (Iota, Chi, Theta, Upsilon and Sigma). It was an acronym for Iesous Christos, Theou Uios, Soter which literary means “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.
This symbol was used primarily amongst Christians of the early church years (1st and 2nd century A.D.) The symbol was introduced from Alexandria, Egypt; which at the time was a very heavily populated seaport. It was the port in which many goods were brought over from the European continent. Because of this, it was first used by the peoples of the sea as a symbol of a familiar deity, in this case, Jesus Christ. The symbol was later used as a means of identifying or acknowledging a fellow believer in Christ without the need for any verbal communication being exchanged.
Some of the events in manga have shown us Kishimoto’s sense of humor regarding this specific symbolism of Christ. Take a look back on Kakuzu versus UN and a far leap back to chapter 60. There was a thread, titled “His name is Kakuzu a.k.a. Flying Spaghetti Monster” in the Library section. Unfortunately, the thread is now gone forever, because an angry mod had dumped it to the Konoha Landfil. The thread was about Kakuzu’s final form similarity with the Flying Spagheti Moster (FSM) ultimate being. FSM or Pastafarianism is a religion that parodied Christianity (and maybe Rastafarianism). FSM also made a parody for Jesus’ Fish with the FSM logo. And it turned out “the real slim shady” had stood up claimed for victory. Anyway, you can see by your self about the funny stuff in chapter 60.
Left:FSM logo - Right: the Ichthys
Pelican and the fisherman
Another symbolism used by many Christians refer to Jesus Christ is pelican. Beside it, the fisherman also been used but in more seldom occasion. Several of Jesus' twelve disciples were fishermen. He commissions them with the words "I will make you fishers of men" (see also Matthew 13: 47-50 an John 21:11). The symbols made appearance in chapter 17 page 01. He must have a strange sense of humor, because, beside pelican Jesus also symbolized by his follower with fish, known as Jesus Fish.
The Pelican is a symbol of the atonement and the Redeemer and is often found in Christian murals, frescos, paintings and stained glass. The pelican was believed to wound itself in order to feed its young with its own blood. In the hymn "Adoro Te," St. Thomas Aquinas addresses the Savior with, "Pelican of Mercy cleanse me in Thy Precious Blood." Allusion is even made to this belief in "Hamlet" (act iv): "To his good friend thus wide I'll open my arms And, like the kind, life-rendering pelican, Repast them with my blood."
The Palm Branches
The most crucial symbolic appearance is the Palm branches. This occurred in chapter 382 page 8 and 10 of the manga. It has made appearance in the manga as if it was to confirm the other symbols appeared earlier. It symbolizes a triumphal entry of a savior. The symbol might have taken from the Palm Sunday celebration. The day when people of Jerusalem welcomed Jesus of Nazareth with spreading palm branches as carpet before him and became commemorate and celebrates as the Palm Sunday. The tradition’s origin can be traced back to the day when King David conquered Jerusalem and entered the city gate with the same welcoming as Jesus of Nazareth had.
“On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him and cried Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written, Fear not daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt”.
An excerpt from (John 12; 12-18).
Palm branches appeared.
Kishimoto Masashi’s Naruto chapter 382
This is actually a superb coincidence, if it was really a coincidence. The picture from chapter 382 describes Minato’s happy family. Minato’s wife, the sacred feminine Uzumaki Kushina (UK), was pregnant their child Naruto. UN, the future savior of shinobi world, is ready and entering the gate of the Holy Land, Konoha, through his mother’s womb. His presence glorified with the ancient symbol of King’s triumphal entry, the palm branches. As a matter of fact, that was the only palm branches decoration appearance been found through the whole chapters.
One of contents in chapter 382 is Jiraiya’s flashback on a conversation with Minato and Kushina. They were talking about Jiraiya’s book and how the couple wanted to raise their unborn child like the character in the book. However, we’re not going to focus on that. We will pay attention on the situation and setting on where the conversation occurred.
Presumably, Namikaze Minato (NM) was in position of the Hokage at that moment. The conversation took place at Minato’s house. It seems that day Minato did not work at the office. The Namikazes were having a visit of a guest and talked in rather informal and relax fashion. There is a particular day in a week when people usually don’t go to work. In that particular day people use to spend time with their family, relatives, friends or acquaintances. That day in a week would be the day of Sunday. So, considerably, the day when Jiraiya came at Minato’s house is Sunday. If we combine the Palm branches and the Sunday we’ll eventually got the “Palm Sunday”.