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Hindu chant in the palace levels?

Discussion in 'Diablo 2 Community Forum' started by Feysal, Oct 14, 2008. | Replies: 22 | Views: 4651

  1. Feysal

    Feysal IncGamers Member

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    Hindu chant in the palace levels?

    Today I happened to see a documentary on television about an extremely odd case of conjoined twins. The other twin had developed only partly before being fused with her sister, who ended up having 4 legs and 4 arms. As this happened in India, she ended up being worshipped as an incarnation of the goddess Lakshmi, who is represented as having 4 arms.

    The documentary was about the operation to remove the extra limbs which the girl couldn't control - they weren't really hers. The operation was of course risky, and the family was worried. So, before the operation, they brought the girl with them to a hindu temple to pray for fortune.

    During that scene, I hear a chant in the hindu temple, which sounds strangely familiar. I recognized it in a moment - it was the same one played in the harem and palace cellar levels in Lut Gholein.

    Has anyone else ever noticed this? Better yet, does anyone actually know which chant it is?
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    Re: Hindu chant in the palace levels?

    There's also the possibility that it sounds the same to someone who doesn't speak the language.
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    Re: Hindu chant in the palace levels?

    nah, they just used music from diablo in the documentary .)
  4. Feysal

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    Re: Hindu chant in the palace levels?

    No, I think both your suggestions are wrong (the second probably wasn't serious though). I'm a musician myself, and not only were the words the same, but the melody was too. Still, it wasn't exactly the same as in Diablo (as if they'd really use music from a video game) - the singer had a different voice, and the interpretation was a bit different too.
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    Re: Hindu chant in the palace levels?

    So...It was the same, but different?

    I'm confused. I think it's just mere coincidence that it sounds similar at best. I did not see the documentary you refered too so I can't tell you if it's the same (or similar).

    Also, FWIW - Alot of documentary shows (like the one you saw) sample or dub music into the piece they are shooting for numerous reasons. One being effect and another for clarity. It is a possibilty the music was added into the scene or shot to enhance the viewers feel of the Hindu people. Certain musical notes or music in general has a particular trigger in the brain for remembering, such as the sense of smell can trigger memories of things long forgotten or even places you have been. Music also can bring back vivid images and memories, such as the music from Diablo.

    Sorry, fell back into my college days and a study I did on classical music. However, as I currently type this I'm listening to some "Rage Against the Machine"...Which reminds me to kick my neighbor's cat when I get home.

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    Re: Hindu chant in the palace levels?

    I continue to claim the music was the same. When I say it was different, I mean it in the way that a song sung by two different people is different, or a melody played by two different bands is different. No two performances are ever identical, and what I heard was the same piece of music sung by a different voice and played with different instruments by different people.

    I do recognize that it might have been added to the scene for effect, and the chant was not actually sung during the temple visit in the documentary. Still, if it was added for effect, it probably has some significance in the hindu religion - or buddhist.
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    Re: Hindu chant in the palace levels?

    Is there a video of the scene in the documentary in question available?
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    Re: Hindu chant in the palace levels?

    I just had my wife who is from India confirm that the music is in Sanskrit, which is typical of Hindu prayer music, so at least that is probably true. She didn't have the patience or interest in listening to it repeatedly to translate, so I can't add much more.
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    Re: Hindu chant in the palace levels?

    Feysal, you are right. The chant, you're looking for is from the Vishnu Sahasranama - Sri Lakshmi Ashtottara Stotram.
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    Re: Hindu chant in the palace levels?

    Who's chanting if everyone in the palace is dead?
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    Re: Hindu chant in the palace levels?

    Ye, who the hell is that?
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    Re: Hindu chant in the palace levels?

    Holy cow! My brain can post too!


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    Re: Hindu chant in the palace levels?

    That's my second favorite track in the game. The other is the track that plays when in a cave map. I usually keep the music muted when playing online but it's an essential element to my SP experience. :thumbup:
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    Re: Hindu chant in the palace levels?

    You make an interesting point. I play on bnet most of the time. But recently i started playing tournies on SP. I need to turn the music up methinks, i don't actually know what the d2 music sounds like. Except ofcourse the infamous tristram music.
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    Re: Hindu chant in the palace levels?

    I like the harem song a lot, and the dungeons theme is also very nice, as mentioned above.
    I wish Blizzard would have expanded that harem part, bringing some of the women back from the dead to attack you. I know zombie prostitutes, but they would attack you like those corrupted rogues.

    But Tristram´s theme, is still the best in my preferences.
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    Re: Hindu chant in the palace levels?

    So, WHY is there a Hindu chant in Lut Gholein? The desert area would be more typical of the Middle East
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    Re: Hindu chant in the palace levels?

    I've falled asleep listening to Act5 Town Music before... :)
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    Re: Hindu chant in the palace levels?

    I am guessing they just used Hindus as some source of inspiration when they made up Lut Gholein and tried to tie up it with Sanctuary itself (the world of Diablo as a whole).

    Similiarly I've been wondering did they use finns and their (typically, that is) getting wasted drinking style as some inspiration for barbarians as manual's explanation says about taunt that: "It is this ability that causes Barbarian's to have poor reputation as drinking partners." and one gossip line from Larzuk involves asking did you bring any ales along :tongue:
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    Re: Hindu chant in the palace levels?

    The key is in the name, its a Harem.


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    Re: Hindu chant in the palace levels?

    Are you implying that the Blizzard employee who programmed that area has four arms?

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