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Old 02-13-2010, 10:51 PM   #1
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Religious References in The Legend of Zelda series

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Maybe it is because I am a follower of Christianity that these things are more obvious to me, but there are many references to Christian as well as Muslim and other Abrahamic religion symbolism in the Zelda series. I'm sure I'm far from the first person to pay attention to this, but I thought I would make a topic for us to discuss such things.

First off, I'll talk about the original Legend of Zelda for NES. Link's shield has a cross on it. Quite possibly, this means nothing, and is more to be associated with the knights of the round more than anything. After all, many other media types such as anime also have things such as thin in them, but are not meant to be religious.


Then, also in the original, there is the Magic Book...well...heres the image.

Look like another book to you?

Next up is non other than the legendary triforce.

The triforce plays a huge role in the series, and is arguably, a religious symble to the people of hyrule. The three triangles of the triforce could be compared to the Holy Trinity. The Father(God), The Son(Jesus Christ), and The Holy Ghost(The Spirit thereof) could go hand in hand with the Triforce of power, the Triforce of Courage and the triforce of wisdom. Further mroe, newer zelda games depict the Triforce with the form of a phoenix underneath it. How is this religious symbolism you ask? Think about it for a moment. in Christian religion, one is saved by Christ, and therefore "reborn" as a forgiven being. The phoenix dies, and is reborn from it's own ashes.


Next up is a symbol of Islam. The moon and star. It appears twice in Ocarina of Time, but was removed in reissued editions of the game at the request of many Islamic followers. Here is the image on the mirror shield. it also appeared on some movable blocks.

At the request of many, Nintendo recalled all unsold copies of the game, and replaced the image with this.


While we're on the topic of OOT, the music in the Fire Temple in the version 1.0 cartridges such as mine contains Islamic chanting. Although it was actually just computer generated chanting not actually saying anything, many thought it sounded like "Allahu Akbar" which means "Allah is the Greatest!". this was also removes later.
*Please correct me if I am wrong about what the alleged words mean.

Also in OOT, Link gets eaten by a giant fish. Sound like a certain popular Bible story?

Furthermore, In Windwaker and all it's direct sequel on the DS, Phantom Hourglass, the entire world has been flooded, and in some timelines(pelase don't argue the timeline here. does it actually matter that much?), The Minish Cap is placed AFTER WW and said to take place in "New Hyrule"
***that is a fan theory, and not my own***

I will end my lengthy post with a link to a VERY interesting article. I'm sure you are familiar with the Tower of Babel. In the bible, men tried to build a tower to get to Heaven, and so God dispersed the people and made them all speak different languages so they could not communicate well enough to complete the ptoject. This wasn't ebcause it was actually possible to buiild a tower to Heaven, but rather to show them "You do NOT defy me!". anyway, I'm gonig a bit of course. Here is a link to an article called "The Message of Majora's Mask" by a Zelda fan under the alias "Hylian Dan". I think you'll find it an interesting read.

http://www.zeldainformer.com/2008/05...joras-mask.php

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Old 02-13-2010, 11:25 PM   #2
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As a Christian I hadn't noticed any of that before.

that article is interesting to me. It's a big one, but I'll read through it.
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Yeah I caught these, especially in Ocarina of Time. I get sort of a religous feel in OoT's Spirit Temple.
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As a Christian I hadn't noticed any of that before.

that article is interesting to me. It's a big one, but I'll read through it.
I just thought "Holy crap..." the first time I read it, cus it wowed me, lol
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I have noticed this. There are constant refrences to 'the gods' in Twillight Princess, Wind Waker, and OoT. It has been the most annoying thing about Zelda for me.

I am a Christian BTW.
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It makes sense that there are Religious references in Zelda. When you're dealing with a game that has the story that Zelda does, what with all the godlike powers and higher beings, it seems like an eventuality to me.

That being said, it is still interesting enough.
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But at the same time as all of this, Zelda also contains elements such as Witchcraft and the worship of multiple gods. I'm not claiming Zelda to be a "Christian game" nor the other way around.
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I wasn't stating it as Christian, I was just saying that it indeed has religious references, which cover almost everything.
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After reading that article, I'm going to play Majora's Mask again, just so I can look at some of these things for myself. I just thought "Wow..." after reading that. I definitely won't see that game the same way. That guy pointed out a lot of things about a few characters, but I'm going to talk to some of the other ones he didn't mention and see if I can find anything else.
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After reading that article, I'm going to play Majora's Mask again, just so I can look at some of these things for myself. I just thought "Wow..." after reading that. I definitely won't see that game the same way. That guy pointed out a lot of things about a few characters, but I'm going to talk to some of the other ones he didn't mention and see if I can find anything else.
I think the man in the music box house has a bit of meaning to him. He has become a monster(sinner), forgotten what he truly is(a servant of the goddesses). Upon playing the song of healing, he comes to his senses, and the mask falls off(he is forgiven for his wrong doings). He embraces his daughter and apologizes to her, assuring her everything will be alright.

Also, anybody notice the church in A Link to the past that has the Triforce in the places where one might see a cross in a church?
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