It took Star Wars: The Force Awakens just 20 days to become the number one North American movie of all time. Obi Wan Kenobi might say the movie has become more powerful than we could possibly imagine.
But there are a few things about the movie franchise that even hardcore fans may not know. For instance, did you know Darth Vader’s costume was based on the clothing worn by traditional samurai? Or that the Knights Templar is one of the historical inspirations behind the Jedi?
In the video below, Lenoir-Rhyne University Professor Amy Sturgis discusses historical inspirations behind Star Wars as well as other parallels between the Jedi order and warriors throughout history. Star Wars may have taken place in a galaxy far, far away, but many of its battles have also been played out here on Earth.
Watch this video, you must.