In the series premiere of Krypton the audience was presented with The Voice of Rao, a kind of high priest figure, who was co-starred last week significant force in the series. Today's episode went a little deeper into the religion of the Kryptonian people by introducing the rest of their gods.
Mild spoiler for today's episode of Krypton "House of El", below.
Prior to the ceremony that will officially bring Seg to the House of Vex, Daron-Vex (Elliot Cowan) meets with Seg (Cameron Cuffe) and Nyssa-Vex (Wallis Day) and The Voice of Rao is also in attendance. Seg can not stop looking at The Voice, which is not surprising given the death of his grandfather and his parents, but Daron-Vex takes time to tell Seg about the history of the Kryptonian gods and how Rao the only one is God they worship ,
Each of the six faces of the golden mask of the voice of Rao represents six gods: Cythonna, Yuda, Telle, Mordo, Lorra and Rao. Daron-Vex explains that it was Rao who "lit the sun" but acknowledges that at one point all six were worshiped. While Rao may be most familiar to Superman fans, all six of the gods mentioned in this episode have stories in comics.
At the time of its destruction, Krypton was a secular, advanced scientific civilization, but its history included a time when it was a religious society with different and contradictory beliefs, each with different gods ̵
Yuda was another of the chief deities of ancient Krypton, both the goddess of love and Krypton's two moons. When the two moons appeared in Krypton's night sky, it was supposed to be marriage. About the other three is a little less known. Telle was the ancient cryptonic god of wisdom, while Mordo was the god of strength and Lorra the goddess of beauty. These three deities were depicted in the form of a statue along the "Boulevard of Legendary Heroes" in Action Comics # 299 of 1963.
Although Kryptonians have these multiples in their history, Rao ends up as the primary god, is considered the boss and a true god. At Krypton Daron-Vex explains that Rao is the god the Kryptonians worship because it was Rao who drew the stars and planets – including krypton – out of the chaos and wasted potential of the universe. Rao is then, according to Daron-Vex's assessment, the embodiment of order and those who work in opposition to Rao are agents of chaos – something he accuses Seg's parents of having been before he asks Seg on which side he is will stand.
Daron-Vex's confronting Rao with order over chaos feels a bit like a krypton future as a secular society and the brief mention of the canonical Kryptonian gods is a nice touch, krypton to anchor his DC Comics heritage. But even with the explanation of why The Voice of Rao has six faces, there is still something menacing about the mysterious figure and the fans just have to keep intervening to find out more.
Krypton rings on SyFy at 10 / 9c on Wednesdays.