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What Is the Symbolism of Heads?

What Is the Symbolism of Heads?

chli

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Posted Jan-09-2017 10:34 AM

There are plenty of references to heads in the story. The whole facility (temple) has a skull on the top pointing 90 degrees from the runway (why not facing it?). The skull could be the sign of a death facility (biological warfare).

In the ampule/ritual room there is a huge statue of a (human?) head. There also seems to be a figure on the mural lacking a head (hard to tell). Also, the engineer fleeing something and coming too late to the door, loses his head. Finally, David’s head is ripped off by the engineer.

Should this perhaps symbolize mankind losing its head (bringing about our own destruction, like the engineers)?

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chli

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Posted Jan-10-2017 6:36 AM

Don't lose your head!

Neomorph

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Posted Jan-10-2017 9:21 AM

Did you just want to give us a heads up?

chli

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Posted Jan-10-2017 11:53 AM

Hold on to your heads! :) Just a discussion about the head-thing. I suppose it symbolizes man's loss of reason . . .

Rick

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Posted Jan-10-2017 12:11 PM

Chli,

Is it me or does fassbender look like he is wearing a suit to match the floor at his beheading?

Rick

chli

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Posted Jan-10-2017 12:50 PM

Sure does, Rick. :)

Gibster

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Posted Jan-10-2017 1:38 PM

This head looks distinctly European, more so than the head in the ampule room.

dk

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Posted Jan-10-2017 6:23 PM

Chli- that shot of David- was that a shot during filming? Pretty interesting.

Rick

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Posted Jan-11-2017 5:59 AM

Gibster are you referring to the oversized British Shnoz and grouper mouth?  You know what, I think its a dismembered Walter head.  Poor guy, Walter was my boy.

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Neomorph

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Posted Jan-11-2017 6:09 AM

@Gibster distinctly European? you do know that Europe is a continent and not a country right? 

Rick

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Posted Jan-11-2017 6:14 AM

LOL, Watch out Neomorph heads be a roll'n around here.

Neomorph

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Posted Jan-11-2017 6:50 AM

I just couldn't 't wrap my head around that comment.

Rick

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Posted Jan-11-2017 7:25 AM

Thanks for the heads up.  I'll try and bring my comments to a head that make sense.  I don't want to blow your head up too fast. 

Neomorph

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Posted Jan-11-2017 7:54 AM

Easy now, that's not where the direction of my comment was heading, unless you had a pothead approach, thinking the HEADer the better. 

BigDave

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Posted Jan-11-2017 4:32 PM

Depends...

Heads are used to showcase a State of Power...  both to showcase the Worship of a Character be that God, or King... but also used to represent the Power and Knowledge of something.

The other side to a Head (not Tails ) is to show Sacrifice and also to showcase a Token, Reward and Gain... so as in the form of Hunting....   you keep the Head to provoke Fear in those hunted...but also to showcase as a Trophy.

Happy New Year Folks!!!!!

Rick

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Posted Jan-12-2017 8:32 AM

FYI Gonzo is stuff and mounted on my wall at home right next to Kermit and Ms. Piggy

chli

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Posted Jan-12-2017 11:11 AM

I think you have a point there BD. It's about power and submission?

Rick

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Posted Jan-12-2017 11:48 AM

Chli your heads topic is over flowing into other topics like the black goo

Deep Space

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Posted Jan-12-2017 12:01 PM

This topic has given me a right headache! ;)

The top pic here, the skull on the facility, have you noticed how it slopes back like the head of the xeno?

My guess is one or a combo of vanity, self worship or possibly the head(s) of a great engineer(s) from by gone days.  

And being English, and having a rather normal sized shnoz, I take offence at the wild and unfounded racial stereotyping lol ;) (best read with plummy, condescending English accent!)  

Looks more classical Greece to me . . .

chli

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Posted Jan-12-2017 12:18 PM

I agree, Deep Space. It's probably the head of an engineer from the beginning, but 2000 years of wind and weather has turned it into a grinning skull (symbol of decay and fall?).

Rick

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Posted Jan-12-2017 12:28 PM

Deep Space,

Racial sterotyping?  You're really from Wales aren't ya (just teasing). I did notice how you left the grouper mouth alone. 

Rick

Deep Space

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Posted Jan-12-2017 12:36 PM

@ Rick ha ha ;) Me also!  Don't get me started on the Welsh . . . then we would be talking about Aliens ;) lol 

I'd better clarify that and say my Nan was Welsh and I love the place :) honest!!!!! :) 

I must stop with these comments; I don't know, I just get ahead of myself sometimes . . .

Deep Space

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Posted Jan-12-2017 12:40 PM

@Chli - I was actually more referring to the Easter Island type heads than the facility one.  That said, it probably has weathered over time.

It does have a look of a xeno pic I've seen that shows a skull, with eye sockets, underneath the top head carapace.  Who knows, maybe it does have a link to what is being created in there?

Damiracle

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Posted Jan-12-2017 6:33 PM

Regarding the Engineer who got decapitated... He wasn't very headstrong.  That's no way to get ahead in life.  Too bad he'll never be the head of a major corporation.

dk

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Posted Jan-12-2017 8:58 PM

Damiracle

At least he went head long into the next room.

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