Hindu Leader Says Controlling Goddess in Online Game Is "Denigration"

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Upcoming free-to-play online game Smite features three Hindu gods: Kali, Vamana and Agni.

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According to religious leader Rajan Zed, the manner that they are depicted in the game is insensitive to Hindu worshippers. The game, Zed contends, trivializes these highly revered Hindu deities, who are worshipped in temples and home shrines and not simply reduced to video game characters. Zed is calling for the gods' removal from the game, which is being developed by American developer Hi-Rez Studios.

Smite is described as "online battleground between mythical gods", and it allows players to pick their god and then duke it out in virtual combat.

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In an official statement from Zed, the "Hindu statesman" notes that Hindus are, of course, for free speech. The issue here is that Zed believes Smite belittles Hinduism and hurts believers, as faith is something sacred and should be respected.

For some time now, Zed has publically disapproved of how Western popular culture re-appropriates Hindu concepts and gods: whether that be Heidi Klum's Halloween costume, James Cameron's Avatar, or yoga mats.

The Official Site of Rajan Zed [RajanZed]

(Top photo: Hi-Rez / Falk Kienas | Shutterstock)

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paddymaxson
Paddy Maxson

I basically agree with Zed on this. I don't think it's really right to put somebody else's god in a video game (unless it's a game about god I guess).

You might not believe in it, but at least show a tiny bit of sympathy for those who do...

Though I suppose it's a complex argument, does anyone in the Nordic countries still believe in The traditional pantheon? Because that would Make The Avengers wholly insulting to them I guess....though I dunno, it's a fairly accurate depiction of Loki and Thor (Mjolnir looks nothing like it should though!)

Ok, I'm changing my viewpoint here, It's ok to put somebody else's got in a video game if it's an accurate depiction of that god according to the beliefs of said religion.