[caption id="attachment_88915" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. also known as “Snoop Dogg” features in this 3 1/2-minute video for the song “King,” released on YouTube in June 2015, along with an Iranian pop singer, Amitis Moghaddam. The three-and-a-half minute video for the song King shows Snoop Dog on a throne under the Farvahar smoking weed, and shows Moghaddam dressed as a Persian queen lying under the Farvahar being fanned by two scantily clothed men. (Imaging: Sumant Chawla)[/caption] “It's time to escape, but I don't know where the f... i'm headed Up or down, right or left, life or death I see myself in a mist of smoke”
[UPDATE] Focusnews.com Impact: After this story was published, YouTube and Vevo have banned the video in India. (Click here to read the full story)Rapper Snoop Dogg has been reminded of his own lyrics from "Serial Killa" by the Parsi community of India. Some members of the community, who is just 0.02% of the Indian population, have taken serious objection to a 3 1/2-minute video for the song “King,” released on YouTube last month, which shows Snoop Dogg along with an Iranian pop singer, Amitis Moghaddam, smoking weed while sitting on a throne topped by a giant gold Faravahar, the winged disc that is among the most revered symbols of Zoroastrianism, one of the oldest monotheistic religions in the world. Members of a Parsi Zoroastrian civil group in Kolkata have filed a petition in the Calcutta High Court asking for the video to be banned, alleging the stars have been "insensitive" to their religious beliefs. Parsi Zoroastrian Association of Kolkata are asking for the promo of ‘King” to be removed from YouTube.com and other video sharing sites such as Vevo. WATCH The Controversial Amitis Feat Snoop Dogg - King OFFICIAL VIDEO The video also features Iranian-born Amitis Moghaddam -- dressed as an ancient Persian queen, lying beneath a Faravahar and being fanned by two negligibly clothed men -- interspersed with scenes of women pole-dancing. Phiroz Edulji, the lawyer representing the civic group in the public interest litigation (PIL), says that Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. also known as “Snoop Dogg” make a direct attempt “to insult the religion or religious belief in a deliberate manner with a malicious intent.” [caption id="attachment_88869" align="alignleft" width="211"] Phiroz Edulji, Managing Partner at Edulji and Edulji law firm, says “Snoop Dogg” makes a direct attempt “to insult the religion or religious belief of the Indian Parsi Zoroastrian community with a malicious intent.”[/caption] “Using the 'Fravahr', which is a sacred symbol of the Parsi Zoroastrian community, was done with deliberate and malicious intention of outraging and insulting the religious feelings of the Parsi Zoroastrian community. The video features stripper poles and skimpily clad women smoking hookah in front of the ‘Faravahar’ but also stars Iranian-born Amitis Moghaddam sitting on a throne underneath the 'Faravahar'. Moghaddam was born in Mashad, Iran and is well aware of the 'Faravahar' and its religious sentiments it attaches with the Parsi Zoroastrians,” Edulji told focusnews.com. The video, released June 1 on YouTube has seen more than 100,000 views till now.
In the later scriptures of Zoroastrianism, this myth is retold in the “Zamyad Yasht”, the prayer- song to the spirit of the Earth: "But when he (Yima) began to find delight in words of falsehood and untruth, the Glory was seen to fly away from him in the shape of a bird." (Yasht 19, 34)Thus in both word and image, Glory has wings. In the “Shah-nameh”, the national epic of Iran, the Glory is also referred to as the Glory of the Auspicious Bird, which hovers over the heads of royal or princely personages. The Glory was symbolized on the battlefield by an eagle feather in the King's crown, which served as standard and inspiration to the warriors of Iran. In Sassanian art, where the Winged Disc is no longer used, the Khvarenah is depicted as a circular “Halo” around the head of the King, a “Halo” very similar to that of Christian saints. The Sassanian halo and the idea of the Khvarenah can be compared to Jewish and Christian light-symbolism. In Jewish tradition, Moses' face shone so brightly after his meeting with God on Mount Sinai that the people could not look directly at him and he had to veil his face. (Exodus, chapter 34). In Christianity, the divine Glory shines around the figure of Christ during the Transfiguration (Gospel of Matthew, chapter 17). The light of the Transfiguration is known among Eastern Christians as the "Uncreated Light," and in its association with saints, heroes, and Christ it is similar to the Khvarenah of the Zoroastrians. In this there may indeed be some Zoroastrian influence on Christian thinking, as the two cultures lived side-by-side in the Middle East for centuries. In the Zoroastrian tradition the Khvarenah is not just the Glory of the king, but has a wider range, as can be seen in the Avesta. The Zamyad Yasht praises the glory not only of the ancient Kings of Iran, but of the whole Aryan people, its mountainous land, and its Prophet, Zarathushtra. In the Atash Nyayesh, the Zoroastrian prayer to Fire, the Khvarenah is identified with the light of the Sacred Fire.