Hindus concerned at Hindu goddesses depiction at Seattle burlesque show

Hindus are concerned at the depiction of Hindu goddesses in the “House of Thee UnHoly” adult in nature burlesque show in Seattle (USA), running March 12-16 at The Triple Door, calling it inappropriate.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that Hindu goddesses, the female aspect of the supreme, were highly revered in Hinduism and were meant to be worshipped in temples and home shrines and not to be paraded on the burlesque theater stages.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, noted that Hindu goddesses were divine and theater/film/art were welcome to create projects about/around them showing their true depiction as mentioned in the scriptures. Creating irrelevant imaginary imagery of them was not okay as it hurt the devotees.

Rajan Zed further said that we needed to be more sensitive about the feelings of “others”. He urged the creative-director/producer Paula Sjunneson (The Swedish Housewife) to remove the scenes involving Hindu goddesses from “House of Thee UnHoly”, which is termed as “sexually-charged psychedelia” and features “Druids, Vikings, Hindu goddesses, sex, drugs, rock ’n’ roll”.

Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought and it should not be taken lightly. Symbols of any faith, larger or smaller, should not be mishandled, Zed argued.

Hindus were for free artistic expression and speech as much as anybody else if not more. But faith was something sacred and attempts at trivializing it hurt the followers, Rajan Zed added.

There are about three million Hindus in USA and moksh (liberation) is the ultimate goal of Hinduism. Lakshmi, Durga, Saraswati, Kali and Parvati are some of the well known Hindu goddesses.

Tickets of this 90-minute show are up to $45 and all its shows are 17+, including some 21+.

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