President of the Universal Society of Hinduism, Rajan Zed, urged Sega to correct its mistake in Shin Megami Tensei
Hinduism is one of the oldest and third largest religion of the world, with about 1.2 billion adherents. Hindu deities Ganesha, Hanuman, Kali, Lakshmi, Sarasvati, Shiva, Vishnu, etc., are said to be among the various demons used in Shin Megami Tensei video games, as the religious leader points out (again).
Zed claimed to stand for global Hindu thinking when he demanded a public apology from Sega Sammy Group chairman Haruki Satomi and president Hajime Satomi. He also suggested that they review their systems and procedures and train their employees on how to deal with religious and cultural sensitivities.
— Rajan Zed (@rajanzed) December 7, 2021
Rajan Zed pointed out that reimagining Hindu scriptures, symbols, concepts, icons and deities for commercial or other purposes were wrong, as it created further confusion. “Hindu deities were meant to be worshipped in temples and home shrines and not to be degraded as demons in a video game for usage in combat in the virtual battleground.” as Zed says.
“Hindus welcomed entertainment industry to immerse in Hinduism but taking it seriously and respectfully and not for refashioning Hinduism scriptures, symbols, concepts, icons and deities for mercantile greed.” Rajan Zed emphasised that “He or other Hindu scholars would gladly provide genuine entertainment industry seekers the resources they needed for their study and research regarding Hinduism.”
This is not the first time Rajan Zed has made such calls. Zed has protested against Genie Krishna in Shin Megami Tensei IV FINAL in previous years, which came out in February 2016. If you are interested in the test of the Shin Megami Persona V you can read it here.