Zelda: Ocarina of Time — Religious References

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Link vs. Volvagia

Have you ever noticed in the original N64 version that the Fire Temple theme sounds like an Islamic chant?  Well, that’s because it is.  If you pay attention to the Fire Temple theme in later versions of the N64 cartridge or the GameCube, Virtual Console or the 3D remake, you will notice that Nintendo omitted the ominous chant.  It was widely believed because this angered the Islamic community and while probably some noticed the chant, nothing happened in the wake of this because of the chant; Nintendo discovered this apparently before it became widely known and they removed it.  They cited that this goes against their policy of “no real-life religious references”.  If you listen carefully to the original uncut Fire Temple theme, there are parts that sound like the singer is saying “Allahu Akbar” or “God is greatest”.  It has been affirmed that this is a cut version of a longer track which apparently Nintendo did not make, which explains why they were unaware it was an Islamic prayer.  The video can be found here: http://www.zeldainformer.com/news/nintendo-officially-talks-about-the-infamous-ocarina-of-time-fire-temple-ch#.VUO4RWccRD8

The track is of a Muslim man called a muezzin who chants atop a minaret or the prayer tower of a mosque, calling Muslims to pray five times a day and to assemble at the mosque for prayer.  As to not knowing it was an Islamic chant, Nintendo is a Japanese company as we know and Japan’s Islamic community is microscopic.  In fact, Japan only has one imam and it is virtually impossible to create an Islamic organization as the Japanese government puts restrictions in place and the Japanese view Islam as a foreign influence which they trust very little.  If you look carefully the Mirror Shield and other objects, found in the Gerudo Desert, contain a crescent moon and star, the symbol of Islam.

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An artistic depiction of a muezzin chanting

I noticed another religious reference, one which I haven’t seen anybody else make.  The Hylians have a religion and culture similar to that of Europe.  Not only does Hyrule Town look like a German town in modern France, but the Temple of Time looks just like a cathedral from the outside.  In the 3D remake, the inside looks more like a cathedral as well with columns and an altar.  The Temple of Time’s theme, the Song of Time, plays in the background when you are inside; this exact version is in both Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess.  Note how the Song of Time sounds like Gregorian chant.  This is a sample of the chant and sounds a lot like the Song of Time.

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Temple of Time, Hyrule Town

If you look carefully at the outside and inside of the Temple you will notice the Triforce symbol, which is a triangle composed of four smaller triangles.  This is the symbol of the Three Goddesses: Din, Farore and Nayru, all who in Hylian lore created Hyrule.  In Christianity we have three divine Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, all who created the heavens and the earth.  The major difference is the Three Goddesses are three separate deities with no consubstantiality, hence no trinity.  The three divine Persons on the other hand are consubstantial, thus not three gods but three Persons in one God.

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After their work was done, Din, Farore and Nayru came together to create the mystical Triforce

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