In an effort to remove all obstacles to create a Hindu deity-free marketplace, Amazon is the next to pull Ganesha clothing off its virtual shelves. This time the culprit resides in the print of yoga pants, and the instigator of the complaint, none other than Rajan Zed, the president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, whose harsh criticism helped remove Ganesha socks from Urban Outfitters not too long ago.
Ganesha is a Hindu god of wisdom known as the remover of obstacles. Zed’s just pointing out that we need not wear him on our butts and/or crotches to enlist his assistance. ”Lord Ganesha was highly revered in Hinduism and was meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to be worn around one’s legs, crotch and hips,” he said. Zed has also stated that Ganesha should not “be denigrated by trampling under one’s feet or buttocks or legs, licked by animals and used as animal clothing,” when he got CafePress to stop selling Ganesha yoga mats a couple of years ago. What about Shiva, Kali and Lakshmi, btw?
Anyway, it’s an interesting and valid point – we’ve broached the cultural appropriation topic many times before in yoga culture and fashion – but going after every piece of yoga gear with Ganesha on it in the wild world of Western yoga culture is definitely a tough path to clear. Especially if these things are kind of pretty.
The items in question, made by Teeki, an up-and-comer making wild prints on pants made from recycled plastic bottles:
Ganesha’s Dream Hot Pant
(Above: Butt shot because Ganesha’s on the back)
(Below: Zoomed in because it’s actually pretty hard to find)
And Ganesha’s Dream Bell Bottoms:
Offensive? Not offensive?
[Via Business Insider]