Mary Poppins appears to people as a kindly nanny. Despite her appearance she can fly and alter reality. She is revealed to be a manifestation of God when she confronts the Antichrist to prevent the Apocalypse, saving all humankind.
Role in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen[edit | edit source]
Mary Poppins' earliest appearence is in Black Dossier, seen in the background of The Blazing World.
In 2009, the Antichrist is found by Mina Murray, and Orlando in London. When Orlando uses Excalibur to send a signal to Prospero in the Blazing World, it is thought that Prospero communed with God to beg for the salvation of mankind. Thus the caring, motherly side of God, in the form of Mary Poppins, came down from the heavens to destroy the Antichrist. She did this by altering reality to transform the Antichrist into a chalk drawing. With the words "splish, splash", she summoned a rainfall to wash away the chalk drawing. She then flies back into the sky with Oliver Haddo's disembodied head, presumably returning to Heaven or the Blazing World.
Connection to God[edit | edit source]
Mary Poppins appears to represent Shekhinah, Binah, or Sophia.
From readings of the Talmud, Shekhinah represents the feminine attributes of God. Shekhinah is sometimes represented as a goddess of wisdom. In this sense, Mary Poppins is the personification of Skekhinah.
Sophia is a neopagan goddess of wisdom, and like Shekhinah, she can be associated with the feminine attributes of God. Hagia Sophia represents an understanding of the Holy Spirit.
Mary Poppins is a personification of all these concepts, and as such, she represents the feminine side of God that cares for the welfare of mankind.
Mary Poppins reveals her godly status by informing the Antichrist that she is on "every page" of the Bible, whereas he is in "just the one book".
Source material[edit | edit source]
Mary Poppins was created by P. L. Travers in several novels between 1934 and 1980. She is perhaps more familiarly associated with the 1964 Walt Disney musical film adaptation Mary Poppins. She is never named as "Mary Poppins" because the character is not in the public domain.