In this article, we argue two points: 1) that the religious images, symbols and allusions of The Matrix mythology shift decidedly from the West to the East; and 2) that the Western end of this shift is grounded not in the Christian religious tradition, but in Nietzschean humanism. This humanism explicit in the opening lines of the history of the Matrix myth, as found in The Animatrix, retains its dominance through The Matrix and into Reloaded, at which point the myth turns increasingly eastward and ends in the cyclical images of Vedic and Puranic creation and dissolution.
Wittung, Jeffery and Bramer, Daniel
"From Superman to Brahman: The Religious Shift of The Matrix Mythology,"
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 10
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol10/iss2/3