- "You have my payment. One soul to serve on your ship is already over there."
"One soul is not equal to another."
"Aha! So we've established my proposal is sound in principle, now we're just haggling over price."
"Just how many souls do you think my soul is worth?"
"One hundred souls. Three days."
- ―Jack Sparrow and Davy Jones
The soul, in many mythological, religious, philosophical, and psychological traditions, was the incorporeal and, in many conceptions, immortal essence of a person, living thing, or object. According to some religions (including the Abrahamic religions in most of their forms), souls—or at least immortal souls capable of union with the divine—belonged only to human beings.
When the sea goddess Calypso fell in love with a sailor named Davy Jones, she gave him a ship, the Flying Dutchman, to ferry the souls of those who died at sea to afterlife. Many years later, during the Age of Piracy, when the Flying Dutchman became an infamous ghost ship, many believed that its timbers were cut out from the bodies and souls of doomed seamen.
In the 1730s, when the EITC captain Jack Sparrow sank with his ship, the Wicked Wench, he sold his soul to Jones, who raised his ship from the bottom of the sea. Some time later, after Jack Sparrow became the Pirate Lord of the Caribbean Sea, the infamous pirate captain Jolly Roger tried to steal his Piece of Eight in a poker match. When Roger failed and shot his partner in crime, the voodoo witch doctor Amo Dorsi, Dorsi cursed Roger with his last breath, turning him into the undead, soul-devouring creature.
After their mutiny on the Black Pearl, Hector Barbossa's crew fell under the Curse of the Aztec Gold, and began a quest to lift the curse. At some point in their pursuit, Barbossa's crew discovered a young castaway who claimed to be Juan Ponce de León, the conquistador who searched for the Fountain of Youth. Barbossa believed his tale and set forth for the Fountain, only to discover the young man's tale to be false. He was actually Palaimon, a demonic Greek god who fed on sailor's souls. Palaimon then summoned his army of souls and Barbossa's men were unable to hurt them, but Barbossa managed to defeat Palaimon by forcing him to fall into the sea.
In the late 1740s, when Davy Jones came for Jack Sparrow's debt, Jack attempted to give Jones Will Turner's soul, but ended up having to collect 99 more souls for Jones. During the War Against Piracy, when the Motley crew, led by Hector Barbossa, came to Davy Jones' Locker to save the Jack and the Black Pearl, Pintel and Ragetti saw dozens of lost souls in the endless seas of Davy Jones' Locker. In 1750, during the quest for the Fountain of Youth, Angelica wanted to find the legendary Fountain to save the soul of her father, the infamous pirate Blackbeard, though the missionary Philip Swift believed that Blackbeard's soul was beyond saving.
Behind the scenes
- In Walt Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean, there is an area referred to as a "graveyard of lost souls".
- Screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio originally conceived of Davy Jones and his crew as ghostlike creatures. Determined to come up with never-before-seen fantastical characters, director Gore Verbinski wanted them to be more specifically of the sea, with gravity and weight, as if the souls of shipwrecked sailors had fused with the detritus of the ocean floor.
- One area on Raven's Cove in Pirates of the Caribbean Online is known as the Cave of Lost Souls.
- In Tim Powers' novel On Stranger Tides, which served as the basis for the fourth Pirates film, practitioners of voodoo like Blackbeard are able to transfer their soul from one body to another.
- Pirates of the Caribbean (game) (Mentioned only)
- Jack Sparrow: The Coming Storm (Mentioned only)
- The Price of Freedom (Mentioned only)
- Six Sea Shanties: Strangers Bearing Gifts
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Mentioned only)
- Pirates of the Caribbean Online
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow (Mentioned only)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Mentioned only)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (First appearance)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Mentioned only)
- Pirates of the Caribbean (film series)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies
Notes and references
- ↑ Story of Davy Jones and Calypso
- ↑ Jack Sparrow: The Coming Storm
- ↑ The Price of Freedom
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean Online
- ↑ Six Sea Shanties: Strangers Bearing Gifts
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies
- ↑ Bring Me That Horizon: The Making of Pirates of the Caribbean, pg.165