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screenshots comparing the Jedha statue and Obi-Wan Kenobi

After watching for the nth time Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, it looks to me that Obi-Wan Kenobi, just before he sacrifices himself in the lightsaber duel with Darth Vader, assumes the same pose of the giant fallen Jedi statue in the desert planet of Jedha in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Am I right or is it just me?

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    Its much more likely that the statue is an easter egg for Kenobi given the order these films were released. – amflare Sep 26 '18 at 22:21
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    @amflare that's kinda what the question-writer is asking. They're not implying George Lucas time travelled to include a Rogue One reference. Rather they're asking if the pose has been put into Rogue One to imply that Obi-Wan was referencing an ancient statue which, in-universe, he would definitely have been familiar with. It may have been an easter-egg, or an intentional reference. The question is, if either, which? – Conrad Bennish Jr Sep 27 '18 at 1:35
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    A slight edit might help this question be a bit more straightforward. Something along the lines of 'is Obi-Wan purposely assuming the pose of the ancient Jedi statue shown in Rogue One?' and perhaps make it clearer that you're asking about retroactive continuity. – Conrad Bennish Jr Sep 27 '18 at 1:46
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    The novels just talk about a "serene pose" that kept the blade out of the way. There's nothing to suggest it was traditional, although it does remind me of a salute. – Valorum Sep 27 '18 at 8:05
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    @ConradBennishJr: Actually, there are two separate questions in there: 1) Does Obi-Wan mimic the statue (in universe)? 2) Was the statue made to mimic Obi-Wan’s posture (out of universe)? – Wrzlprmft Sep 27 '18 at 9:38
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There's a couple of possibilities here

  1. This was a Jedi ritual position

    This question about the statues notes that there were other canon statues like those on Jedha, and that the position appears on some older Jedi symbols

    A similar statue of Coruscant

  2. Obi Wan was simply focusing himself to become one with the Force. We know that Vader's strike didn't kill Obi Wan.

It's also possible that the position is related to becoming a Force Ghost, but that seems unlikely as few Jedi seemed to know about it.

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It is likely opening (and closing) stance of Ataru

Ataru was a form of lightsaber combat practiced by Kenobi's master Qui-Gon Jinn, and other prominent masters like Yoda. Kenobi himself used this form, then switched to Soresu during Clone Wars, and then back to Ataru much latter in his life on Tatooine, in a duel vs Maul .

As you can see from pictures below, stance of Kenobi and statue is somewhat different then stance of Yoda and Qui-Gon Jinn. This is because Yoda and Qui-Gon Jinn are ready to fight, while Kenobi (and Jedi from the statue) enter deep connection with the Force. Out-of-universe reason is simply that Ataru didn't yet exist as a concept when Episode IV New Hope was filmed. But there is also another explanation:

Ataru was favored form of Jedi Order during the age between disappearance of Sith and Clone Wars (Golden age of the Republic). In that time, Jedi were peacekeepers that used weapons against single or small groups of non-lightsaber wielding opponents. They needed form that could quickly overwhelm those opponents, and Ataru with its acrobatics and heavy reliance on Force was preferred method. Latter in clone Wars, Jedi were tricked into again becoming warriors, and Ataru was unsuited for a fight in vast battlefields against numerous opponents (CIS droids). Kenobi's switch back to Ataru in his late years has deeper meaning - his refusal to wage direct war against Empire, thereby furthering suffering and strengthening Dark Side. Instead, he choose to deepen his connection with the Force, becoming peacemaker and peacekeeper once more like all Jedi should be.

In this way, Ataru transcends lightsaber combat form and becomes philosophical outlook on life - Jedi are peacekeepers and guardians, therefore they are honored as such with statues on Jedha .

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