Carl Barks was never a more religious man than the average Christian. He owned a Bible but he was not a regular churchgoer. Nevertheless in his comic book stories Barks did sometimes approach religious subjects either directly or indirectly. This page will give you examples when he referred to religion directly and drew such things as religious buildings or mentioned religious figures. There will only be a few examples of indirect references, because many of the seemingly religious references can be interpreted in different ways. Presumably Barks only used his multiple references to religion as a means to write a storyline just as he used social and environmental references in other stories.
NB.: The term Faith used in this page refers only to the strict theological concept, which excludes several other possibilities - also used by Barks - such as mythology (Hercules, the Odyssey, Jason's golden fleece), the occult (astrology, future-forecasting, hand reading), luck-bringers (rabbits' feet, horseshoes, Scrooge's dime), as well as Barks' own religious inventions (cultures, persons, figurines).
|RELIGIONS AND GODS|
In U$44 Crown of the Mayas Barks starts the story with a small historic prologue about the Mayan's ancient religion.
Native North American:
Mentioned in U$34 Mythic Mystery. The home of the Gods in ancient Norse religion.
In FC0263 Trail of the Unicorn Donald visits an Indian temple ruin, and further east in U$20 City of Golden Roofs the ducks visit the temple city of Tangkor Wat. In South America they visit a number of temple pyramids in FC0422 The Gilded Man and in U$44 Crown of the Mayas.
Furthermore, Barks often drew backgrounds in Arabic countries showing minarets, the slender towers used by Muslims as a prayer platform.
The well-known seafaring man who built an ark to hold pairs of all animals is mentioned twice in stories that Barks wrote and drew. In U$54 The Billion Dollar Safari Scrooge is lacking new and exciting animals for his Zoo. The last time he bought an animal 'was when Noah had his end-of-the-flood sale!'. In FC1073 The Snow Chaser all the animals on Grandma's farm have to seek shelter in a cellar for a brewing storm, whereupon the nephews utter, that 'this storm cellar is more like an overloaded Noah's Ark!'. In HDL23 Hark, Hark, the Ark Barks wrote (not drew) the story with a distinct reference to Noah's Ark.
Wise Men (The Magi):
One of the best-known Christian priests from ancient times is probably Valentine who is still remembered on Valentine's Day. Barks used his name in WDCS150 'Donald the Mailman' and WDCS258 Ten Cent Valentine. And in U$44 Crown of the Mayas Barks drew a few Mayan priests in the splash panel.
Christianity's Christmas celebrating the birth of Jesus has many symbols, but one of the best known is the Christmas tree. Barks drew this symbol repeatedly in almost all of his Christmas stories, and in FC0203 The Golden Christmas Tree he even invented a very special version.
Star of Bethlehem: