In ‘Dark Crystal’, Are the Podlings Made Into Eunuchs?

When the Skeksis drain the Podlings of their “vital essence,” are they castrating them?

In Jim Henson’s 1982 film The Dark Crystal, the evil rulers, the Skeksis, capture and enslave the much smaller, gentle Podlings. The Skeksis drain the Podlings of something called “vital essence.” Does this represent castration?

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