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- "Blackbeard. Edward Teach. The pirate all pirates fear. Resurrector of the dead in his spare time."
- ―Jack Sparrow
Resurrection was the concept of a living being coming back to life after death. It is a religious concept, where it is used in a belief in the resurrection of individual souls that is current and ongoing. In a number of ancient religions, a life-death-rebirth deity is a deity which dies and resurrects. The soul is believed by some to be the divine and immortal part of the human being, and some believe it is the actual vehicle by which people are resurrected.
One of Jack Sparrow's first crewmen Tumen was resurrected by the spirit of Montecuhzoma after he died from the mysterious illness caused by the presence of the spirit of Hernán Cortés. When the young adventurer James Sterling was killed by the insane Spanish admiral Maldonado, his body sank to the bottom of the ocean, where it was found the by the undead pirates of the Armada of the Damned, who used their supernatural powers to reurrect him. Before it became a pirate vessel, the Wicked Wench went down in flames before being resurrected, charred and black, by Davy Jones. Among her powers, the voodoo mystic Tia Dalma possessed the ability to return the dead to life; this was noted about a year after Jack Sparrow killed Hector Barbossa on Isla de Muerta, in which Tia Dalma had brought Barbossa back from the dead to help navigate the weird and haunted shores at World's End. Jack Sparrow himself was resurrected after escaping Davy Jones' Locker. Once mere men, Blackbeard used Greek fire, which was part of a voodoo ritual, to bring his zombie officers from beyond the grave.
Behind the scenes
- The Sword of Triton was believed to be how Blackbeard brought men back to life as his zombie officers (particularly in LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game). However, it was confirmed otherwise that the rituals required and practiced to create zombies, most likely from Dark Magic, are separate from the sword.
- Some rumors about Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest stated that Jack Sparrow would succeed in defeating Davy Jones, only to be killed by Hector Barbossa who was resurrected by Chinese black magic.
- In Tim Powers' novel, On Stranger Tides, which was used as the basis for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the black magic wizard Leo Friend resurrects the dead sailors from the English privateer vessel Charlotte Bailey and turns them into zombies.
- Jack Sparrow: The Sword of Cortés
- Pirates of the Caribbean Online
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (First appearance)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
- LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Non-canonical appearance)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow
- Pirates of the Caribbean (film series)
- The Pirates' Guidelines
- The Secret Files of the East India Trading Company
- The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook
Notes and references
- ↑ Jack Sparrow: The Sword of Cortés
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned
- ↑ The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
- ↑ The Pirates' Guidelines
- ↑ The Secret Files of the East India Trading Company
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (junior novelization), p.81