First, I’m going to throw out some Legend of Zelda. Specifically, I will be talking about the Sun and Moon gods that are introduced in Majora’s Mask.
First things first, I would like to point out that Majora is the sun goddess and another character, Fierce Deity, is the moon god. Obviously most people will immediately think
“Hold on, Majora’s Mask was controlling the moon, and when you entered the moon to fight Majora a little boy was wearing the mask, so how can Majora be both female and the sun god if these are true?”
These both are true, yes, and at first I thought the little boy was Majora himself. However I came to find that he was a mere representation of the spirit that had possessed the moon, and as for the skull kid he simply stumbled upon the mask.
First, I’ll talk about why Majora is female. As I said before, the boy is merely a representation, but I’ll get to that later. Majora is the creature you fight at the end (Majora’s Mask, Majora’s Incarnation, And Majora’s Wrath). Now, Majora’s Wrath spins around as if it were a ballerina and also has a female voice. Not a young male, no, a definite female voice. Also, (now, you have to believe that Nintendo would use a phallus, which is talked about in this article by Hylian Dan (a fantastic article, you should seriously read it now. Right now. Go. You’re not allowed to finish reading this post until you do). Anyway, back to me. Believing that Nintendo would purposefully obscene images, we can look at Majora’s Mask’s eyes, which are on the chest of Majora’s Wrath, and, though they don’t protrude, they look like female breasts. I honestly don’t think they did this to get a perverted giggle out of the audience but simply to show that Majora was in fact, female.
Continuing on with her eyes, they are fairly simple. They are an orange-yellow and they look the same as the astronomical symbol for the sun and these appear on her chest in her full form of Majora’s wrath. Likewise, the symbol for the moon appears on Fierce Deity’s chest. Also a little known fact, the symbol for the sun was originally used by the Egyptians as the symbol for Ra, the god of the sun.
Now, for those of you who know a little bit about light physics, you know that when white light is refracted, you get all the colors to split apart making a rainbow. This is because white light has all colors in it (well, almost all, a few hews are left out. But I won’t get into that here). Anyway, we all know sunlight is the cause of rainbows, right? Well, look at the colors of the final boss room. Rainbow. Now also think about how when Skull Kid uses the power of the mask to cast spells, Majora’s power radiates from the mask in a circular beam, like it was emitting sunlight.
In the final temple, the entire thing is decorated with Majora’s Mask carvings and statues, as mentioned in Hylian Dan’s article (if you haven’t read it yet you need to doesn’t have that much to do with my post but it’s good). And hell, even the doors have pictures of suns on them. The Temple is located in the middle of the desert, where the sun beats down harshly. Also, in order to get through the temple, you need the light arrows, those filled with concentrated sunlight. And most of the puzzles involve reflecting sunlight into different objects.
If you’re still not convinced by the sun and moon symbols, the color schemes or science of color, or the multitude of sun-related elements littering the Stone Tower Temple, then let’s go back to the boss room real quick.
Look at the piece that Majora’s Mask comes off of. It’s a sun. I don’t think it gets more direct than that.
Majora represents the sun itself, and she is the sun goddess of Hyrulian mythology.
Majora being the sun goddess, Fierce Deity must be the moon god. As I mentioned before, Fierce Deity has the astronomer’s shorthand symbol for the moon on his chest: the crescent moon. He clearly is male so I don’t need to talk about that really.
Since I talked about color’s significance for Majora, I’ll talk about the colors of Fierce Deity, or, lack thereof. With the exception of his war paint, his only colors are pale blue and black, and this mask bears a striking resemblance to a slightly more pale Link, and is very powerful.
While the moon could simply hurtle into earth and destroy it easily, it doesn’t. It seems to be resisting because it is unnaturally being brought down on a path it’s not meant to take. Hence the moon tear that is said to be a rare occurrence. The creepy eyes we see in its face are identical to Majora’s eyes, and we do not hear it speak until Majora’s Mask enters into the moon and those unnatural eyes light up. The voice speaking is the voice of the creature possessing the moon, Majora (represented by the little boy inside the moon), not the voice of the moon itself. All of this shows that the moon is a sentient being on some level. It has consciousness enough to mourn and cry over the fate of the land, consciousness enough to resist Majora’s power. In the long run, however, the sun is much bigger than the moon, and has much more power.
Inside the moon is a peaceful field with a single tree on top of a hill where four boys with the masks of the bosses you defeated run around in circles and the aforementioned boy wearing Majora’s mask. Majora gives you the Fierce Deity mask, obviously in hopes that she (Majora) can destroy Fierce Deity, the moon god.
This is obviously a fight that is far beyond link and really between Majora and Fierce Deity. Making me believe that neither are good nor evil. As stated by Hylian Dan, Termina was destined to be destroyed by the Goddesses. The quarrel between the sun and moon gods were predetermined long, long ago. It ended up being that Majora wanted the earth destroyed. For, without the Earth, the moon is nothing, but the sun is barely phased. Majora decided to hurtle the moon into the earth thus destroying both and killing Fierce Deity. What exactly the fight was about I am unsure of and it could be any number of things really. However, the Goddesses allowed for Link to intervene to allow Termina to have a second chance as well as end the lethal battle between the sun goddess, Majora, and the moon god, Fierce Deity.