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Hindus upset at porn-star type image of goddess Kali in video game

Hindus are upset at the inappropriate usage of Kali, a highly revered deity of Hinduism, by the Georgia (USA) online games developer Hi-Rez Studios in the upcoming online action video game SMITE.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed said they were perturbed at the porn-star type image of goddess Kali in upcoming video game.

Such a portrayal of goddess Kali is quite disturbing for the devotees who worship her in temples or home shrines on a regular basis. It is denigration and belittling of the entire community, he said.
 
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged online video game developer Hi-Rez Studios to immediately remove the Kali and other Hindu gods (Vamana and Agni) from the game as it trivialized the highly revered and sacred deities of Hinduism.
 
Meanwhile Catholics, Jews and Buddhists have come out in the support of Hindus who are upset at this inappropriate usage of Kali and other Hindu deities.

Well known Roman Catholic leader in Nevada Father Charles T. Durante, prominent Jewish leader in Western USA Rabbi ElizaBeth W. Beyer and distinguished Buddhist leader from Nevada Reverend Jikai’ Phil Bryan have issued separate statements backing the cause of protesting Hindus. Reverend Bryan commented: “Shame on the game-makers for denigrating these Supreme Beings”.
 
Mr. Zed further said that in a video game set-up, the player would control and manipulate goddess Kali and other Hindu deities, which is highly inappropriate as in reality the devotees put the destinies of themselves in the hands of their deities.

Reimagining Hindu scriptures and deities for commercial or other agenda is not okay as it hurts the devotees, Mr. Zed said.
 
Mr. Zed urged the video game makers to be more sensitive while handling faith related subjects, adding that no faith, larger or smaller, should be trampled.

As these games leave lasting impact on the minds of highly impressionable children, teens and other young people; such inappropriate depictions would create more misunderstandings about Hinduism, which is already a highly misunderstood religion in the West, Mr. Zed argued.

The purpose of online games is to entertain and not to offend a large chunk of world population, he said.
 
Goddess Kali, who personifies Shakti or divine energy and considered the goddess of time and change, is widely worshipped in Hinduism.

Hi-Rez Studios describes SMITE as an “online battleground between mythical gods” in which players choose from a selection of gods.
 

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