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'Agents of SHIELD' Angers Hindu Practitioners

Written by Jeremy Shane on Saturday, November 30 2013 and posted in News with Benefits

'Agents of SHIELD' Angers Hindu Practitioners

Well, on the bright side, some religions have reacted a lot worse than this at offenses.

Source: The Wrap

You may have missed it if you weren't paying close attention, but on Agents of SHIELD last week, when talking about Asgardians being little more than alien beings, they also threw in Vishnu, a god of the Hindu religion.

As understanding as all religions claim to be, that often ends when you start talking about their religion.  The Universal Society of Hinduism took notice, surprising everyone that people were actually watching Agents of SHIELD, and released this statement:

...Hindus were for free speech as much as anybody else if not more,” a statement from the Society said. “But faith was something sacred and attempts at debasing it hurt the adherents. Television and Hollywood should be more conscious while handling faith related subjects, as television and cinema were very mighty mediums and these could create stereotypes in the minds of some audiences.”

The Society, which sounds like a much more formidable adversary than Centipede, has also requested Marvel post information on Hinduism and Vishnu on their website.

Although we understand how folks can be testy when it comes to religious beliefs, we want to point out that Marvel's TV shows and movies take place in a fictional world.  There are not actually supersoldiers, extremis, gods of thunder, etc.  (although judging from what the NSA has been up to, there might very well actually be a SHIELD organization out there watching us).  In fact, in the Marvel U, Vishnu has actually appeared in comics and is considered a member of the Devas, an extra-dimensional race of beings worshiped as gods by the people in the Indian subcontinent.

But, even with that being said, we are glad to see the Society react so rationally to their religious complaints.  Some religions haven't been so considerate when artists have offended them in the past.



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About the Author - Jeremy Shane

Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea.  Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California.  When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead.  Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim.  If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.


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