I can't understand the lack of Hanuman love in OD&D.
In OD&D’s Supplement IV, Gods Demi-Gods and Heroes, ‘Hanuman the Accursed’ is found on page 46.
“Hanuman assumes a giant ape form when appearing on earth, and strikes as a Storm Giant. His ancient religion of the East requires human sacrifices.”
What?! Talk about alienating your Indian customers. A long time ago, I lived for a while in an intentional community (aka “a commune”*) that had an Indian ascetic guru. He wasn't my guru, me being more of a zenhead hunting after Buddha, but living there for a few years exposed me to a lot of Indian culture. And the good karma seeking yogis were highly enamored of Hanuman. As far as I could tell, they certainly weren’t practicing human sacrifice or even brainwashing anyone. Being a devotee of Rama, Hanuman epitomizes selfless service. Well, at least there wasn’t an accompanying illustration.
It was dropped from the 1st edition “Deities & Demigods” hardback - presumably the PR department set someone straight. Although the presence of other Indian deities there might have hacked off some Indian fundamentalists if they’d existed back in the day.
Not that it really bothers me or anything - I was a big fan of Galloway’s ballsy statting of the Virgin Mary, for example. Not of the stats mind you, just the statting itself. Huevos, I say.
* A commune? I know I know, it's a long story. See, there was this girl there. Oh nevermind...
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