The Mandalorian’s helmet and his religion
There is just something about Mandalorian armor that commands respect, and now thanks to the ever-expanding universe of Star Wars canon, we know more than ever about the Mandalorians. and Their armor.The Mandalorian series has done a pretty thorough job of explaining why Din Djarin never shows his face to anyone: just like his weapons, it’s all part of his religion. At the end of Season 1, after Moff Gideon had his bell rung in the final shootout on Nevarro, Mando told IG-11 the following: “No living being has seen me without my helmet since I swore the credo.
Cara Dune asks if he’s going to be killed for taking the helmet off, but Djarin says no, it’s just that he’ll never be able to put it back on.
What is the Death Watch?
Din Djarin was not born in Mandalore, but he was taken in by his people, and more specifically by the Death Watch. This makes him a child of the watch, which Bo-Katan describes in “The Heiress” as “a cult of religious fanatics who broke away from Mandalorian society … Their goal was to restore the old way.”
The Children of the Watch appears to be the post-Empire evolution of the Mandalorian terrorist group once known as the Death Watch. Most of what we know about Death Watch comes from The Clone Wars series. As the pacifist Duchess Satine Kryze (Bo-Katan’s sister) tried to keep her people out of the conflict of the Clone Wars, the warriors of Mandalore were exiled to Concordia, a near moon.
These warriors made up the Death Watch and followed Pre Viszla, a native Mandalorian and former bearer of the Dark Saber. The Death Watch are also the ones we saw saving a young Din Djarin in Season 1 flashbacks.
In the episodes of The Clone Wars featuring the Death Watch, we start to see Mandalorians playing it faster and looser with the whole helmet ruler. Pre Viszla takes off his helmet in almost every scene he finds himself in. The same could be said for Bo-Katan, who, although she did not mention it in “The Duchess,” was a member of Death Watch. Sabine Wren from Rebels, Sabine Wren’s mum, Gar Saxon, Prime Minister Almec… basically most of the Mandalorians featured in The Clone Wars or Rebels casually take out their helmets all the time.
When you examine the canon, the difference between the Mandalorians is pretty clear. Religious Mandalorians like Din Djarin prove their dedication to the belief by never removing their helmets. And the native Mandalorians are the ones you see removing their helmets. And that’s not to say the native Mandalorians can’t keep the creed, either.
Is Jango Fett a Mandalorian?
We don’t forget Jango Fett. According to The Clone Wars, Jango wasn’t a Mandalorian at all – he was just a bounty hunter who acquired the armor. For this reason, he’s really not worth much to this conversation. (Cue “He’s worth a lot to me,” retorts.)
But if Jango wasn’t a Mandalorian, that means Boba Fett – his unchanged clone – wasn’t either. So it’s kinda weird that the reason the fandom fell in love with the idea of the Mandalorians was because of a guy who turns out not even be a Mandalorian.
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The great purge
Control of Mandalore changed hands more than once during the Clone Wars and again with the rise of the Empire – but a tragic event called The Great Purge really changed everything.
Taking place sometime after the Battle of Yavin and before the events of The Mandalorian, The Great Purge was an event that appears to have reduced the number of Mandalorians in the galaxy to a precious few. The efforts of Imperial Warlord Moff Gideon during the Great Purge appear to have erased much of the Mandalorian culture from the galaxy.
It seems part of the Purge involved the Empire poisoning Mandalore in order to make him inhospitable, or at least spread rumors that they did. In “The Heiress,” Bo-Katan implies that it may be more of an effort to keep the surviving Mandalorians apart than something that actually happened, although Mando – for now anyway – agrees with the idea. that the planet is a place of death.
No doubt we’ll learn more in Season 2 of what happened during The Great Purge and how Moff Gideon came to be in possession of the Dark Saber.
This is the way.
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