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SMITE News - Hi Rez Responds to Hindus Upset with Deity Inclusion

Posted by Suzie Ford on Jun 27, 2012  | 66 comments in our forums

A group of Hindus has lodged a complaint with SMITE developer Hi-Rez Studios about the inclusion of several deities withing the game. SMITE includes Kali, Vamana and Agni. The group maintains that using images of important deities hurts devotees of Hinduism.

In response to the issue, Hi Rez Studios CEO Todd Harris had this to say:

"SMITE includes deities inspired from a diverse and ever expanding set of pantheons including Greek, Chinese, Egyptian, and Norse. Hinduism, being one of the world's oldest, largest and most diverse traditions, also provides inspiration toward deities in our game. In fact, given Hinduism's concept of a single truth with multiple physical manifestations one could validly interpret ALL the gods within SMITE to be Hindu. And all gods outside of SMITE as well. Ponder that for a minute. Anyway, going forward SMITE will include even more deities, not fewer." - Todd Harris, Hi-Rez Studios Chief Operating Officer

Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom

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