If you haven't read my previous thread, I suggest you do cause this thread is a straight follow up to it and a continuation of the theme of exploring religious themes in One Piece. Here's the link. Little is known about both Joy Boy and the Ancient Kingdom in the series, and like the pre-history of One Piece I discussed in the Creation theory, I think one viable way to look at Joy Boy is to delve into real world hints by observing mythology and real life history as well. Bear with me here cause while it's easy to point out Biblical allusions in a Western culture, in this I will be taking a trip to the East, in the world's oldest religion: Hinduism _______________ King Jayabaya, Vishnu, and Joy Boy As many of your guys already know from other theories, Joy Boy is most likely based on King Jayabaya (or Joyoboyo). King Jayabaya was a king of an ancient kingdom in India nearly 900 years ago. Jayabaya was very famous for his prophecies. Not only did he prophesied the fall of his kingdom by the hands of white men, but he prophesied the saving by short yellow men. Both happened as well long after Jayabaya's death despite the implications of them happening in his lifetime, but still it established him as a legend in India of sorts. It's also a common belief that Jayabaya was an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu. Vishnu is one of the head gods of the Hindu trinity known as the Trimurti. There's Brahma, the god of creation; Vishnu, the god of preservation; and there's Shiva, the god of destruction. I'll get to the others later in another theory, but for now let's focus on my main man Vishnu for this theory. It can be said that if Joy Boy is truly based on King Jayabaya, that he may have elements of Vishnu as well. Let's look into it... So Vishnu is the god of preservation. Think of him as the universal maintainer. While Brahma creates, and Shiva destroys, Vishnu makes sure everything is stable for the most part. Vishnu is also known as being a protector as well. He also has a bird mount called Garuda. Also, one of his defining qualities outside of his four arms is the color of his skin, which is blue. In Hindu culture, blue is associated with things such as the sea, the sky, and the infinity of space itself. If something is blue, it must be pretty badass basically. In comparison, what we know about Joy Boy is very little. The only thing we know about Joy Boy is that he's a man from the Void Century that wrote an apology letter on a poneglyph to the current Mermaid Princess at the time for not fulfilling his promise. However for some reason the fishmen are keeping Noah in safety in preparation for the "Promised Day" when a certain man arrives. As you all know from reading the Fishman Island arc, this is heavily implied to be Luffy. But how in the world would Joy Boy know about Luffy's doings in the future? Prophecy. As if it wasn't more obvious, Joy Boy had a "gift" of some sorts. A gift of prophecy, just like his real life counterpart Jayabaya. However like Jayabaya, Joy Boy wasn't exactly perfect. He was able to tell the future, but he wasn't able to tell of WHEN in the future it was going to happen. This caused Joyboy to foolishly have hope for a better world in his lifetime perhaps. As shown in the same arc, the gift of Prophecy isn't exactly something that doesn't exist in One Piece. In fact, Madam Shirley predicted herself the destruction of Fishman Island by Luffy's hands. She as well doesn't know WHEN this will happen. In fact she thought it was going to happen when Noah was about to crash into Fishman Island, which didn't happen. The implications is that she shares the same prophecy gift as Joy Boy, but I'm sure you guys are all aware of this already as countless theories have discussed this in length already. Joy Boy has the gift of prophecy, and he was likely to be the king of the Ancient Kingdom. He prophesied the destruction of Fishman Island, and promised the fishman he would build them the arc Noah to save their lives. He wasn't able to fulfill his promise however, as he wasn't able to fight off the forces of the 20 Kingdoms. Despite this, the fishman still believe in his prophecy, and a "Promised Day" will come when Noah finally is used for it's intended purpose. However how does this related to Vishnu? Well aside from Jayabaya being an incarnation of Vishnu, as I said Vishnu is commonly thought of as the preserver and the protector. I think it's very possible Joy Boy took upon this role. Not only did Joy Boy prophesied future events and was the king of the Ancient Kingdom, but... Joy Boy wrote all the poneglyphs. Remember Doctor Clover said that the thing people should be focusing on isn't the existence of the poneglyphs, but WHY the exist? What exactly is the purpose of scattering information on this huge indestructible cubes? Joy Boy predicted the downfall of the Ancient Kingdom. Long before it ever truly happened, Joy Boy prophesied the downfall of his own kingdom. In fear of the enemy, Joy Boy wrote poneglyphs worldwide to send messages across the Blue Sea to all his allies, revealing details such as the locations of the Ancient Weapons, and the history of the Ancient Kingdom. Cause he knew that it was inevitable: The Ancient Kingdom was going to be "erased" from history. _______________ The Story of Noah If you read my previous thread, you know there are a ton of Biblical references in One Piece and it's very possible that parts of it are retelling the story of Genesis itself. Originally in my thread I wanted to cover this, however there's a bigger theory at play here that needed expanded upon involving both Joy Boy and Noah, so I delayed it for this very thread for that reason. Also since the thread focused on the Creation story, to place Noah there wouldn't really connect much to the other references. To those unfamiliar, the story of Noah is about a man who is given the divine word from God himself to build an ark, as he plans to destroy the world of sinners by water (next time by fire). However Noah as well must grab 2 of every animal species out there onto his ark to save them and his family. Like I said in the above previous section, Joy Boy had the gift of prophecy. Not only did he predict the fall of the Ancient Kingdom, but the fall of Fishman Island as well. Simply put, not only was Noah built for the fishmen, but it was built for his family. The D. Family. The Ancient Kingdom is flourishing, but to most of the world they are nothing but a bunch of sinners and evildoers. The Celestial Dragons, the "Gods" who live under the light of Eve casted their judgment on the Ancient Kingdom, and in secret was planning for it's obliteration. However the Ancient Kingdom had something that the Celestial Dragons didn't have. While the Celestial Dragons were using the powers of the Devil Fruits to gain advantage in the world, the Ancient Kingdom had another power: Haki. Joy Boy himself was a great haki user, with haki so strong he was able to predict the future with it. Noah's purpose was to save both the D. Family and the fishmen. Why would Noah be used to save his family, however? Because the Celestial Dragons plan for erasing the Ancient Kingdom from existence involves the plan to sink the Ancient Kingdom to the bottom of the sea, similar to the kingdom of Atlantis. One of the biggest hints for this is the fact that Jinbe discovered a poneglyph on the bottom of the sea. That isn't to say it could directly be a part of the Ancient Kingdom, but rather the fact that a poneglyph is even on the bottom of the sea suggests that there used to be human civilization down there of some sort. This gives the implication that islands in One Piece CAN sink under the sea. But how did the Celestial Dragons do this? They used the ancient weapon, Pluton. Pluton was a weapon that was built at Water 7, a place right next to one of the World Government's biggest bases: Enies Lobby. We already have hints of Pluton's place in the history of the world by the fact that it's very blueprints do not contain ancient text. It's written in English, which suggests it's likely more associated with the World Government. Pluton was used to destroy the Ancient Kingdom. However if that's the case, then why did the World Government lose Pluton? Because there was a traitor in their midst, and that was the Kingdom of Alabasta. The shiprights of Water 7 as well pitched in on this, hiding the very blueprints of Pluton itself. Alabasta "hid" Pluton. Where and how, we don't know for sure, but it's very clear the country has history with the weapon considering they hold a poneglyph that reveals the location of it. Alabasta was secretly a friend to the Ancient Kingdom, and Joy Boy wrote a poneglyph foreseeing Alabasta's seizing and hide of Pluton, which details about it's location. _______________ Identity of Joy Boy and the Power of Haki Let's run down this theory goes over so far about Joy Boy: Is based off King Jayabaya, who is an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu. He wrote all the poneglyphs. Was gifted with the power of prophecy, and foresaw many events including the destruction of the Ancient Kingdom. Is part of the D. Family Is a master of haki, a power used to combat Devil Fruits Built Noah to save both his family and the fishmen from the depths of the sea. So why do I believe Joy Boy to be some type of haki master? Who exactly is Joy Boy and why is he part of the D. Family? It's simple, because like King Jayabaya he himself is an incarnation of a god himself. To be specific, he's an incarnation of one of the gods of creation from my previous theory (which if you haven't read yet after reading this far, you really should). Joy Boy is an incarnation of one of the three gods of creation, "Vishnu." (I'd like to note "Vishnu" is in quotations cause I do not think the actual name is Vishnu, just he's only based on Vishnu partially). Let's look at Vishnu's 6 main "Divine Glories," courtesy of Wikipedia: Let's go over this: Jnana is the "Voice of All Things" Aishvarya, Tejas are both elements of "Conqueror's Haki" Shakti, Bala are both elements of "Willpower" which characters use throughout the series to get ahead Virya is becoming the "Freest man in the world" aka the "Pirate King" Joy Boy, like Jayabaya, was an incarnation and/or a descendant of one of the "Gods" of the Angel races spoken of in my Creation theory. He inherited his power and his will. So why is he part of the D. Family? It, as well, ties back to Vishnu and Hinduism. D. stands for "Deva" which is a term for "God" in Hinduism. This is why the Ancient Kingdom was demonized by the ancestors of the Celestial Dragons. It's because they believed in a different God (the true God), and it had nothing to do with them. To the Celestial Dragons, they ARE the true gods, and the "Family of Deva" was nothing more than the "Family of Devils." Like in real life history, Christians are historically oppressive towards other religions, believing all other deities are incarnations of the Devil himself. The irony however is that they themselves are using the real power of the Devil: The Devil Fruits, to enact their religious fanaticism. One thing Oda hasn't covered yet in One Piece is the theme of religious oppression, but there's already hints of this as far back as Shaboady. Here's a list of names from that arc: Saint Roswald Saint Charloss Saint Shalulia Saint Jalmack Saint Mjosgard All the Celestial Dragons believe themselves to be saints, and their ancestors are the true "Gods" of this world. This is why the D. Family is called the "Natural enemy of God," because to the Celestial Dragons they're nothing but "Devils." _______________ Tell me what you guys think below. Feel free to pick apart and debate as I welcome it.