I suspect that Lord Ganesha seems rather amusing to most Westerners but he is the object of great devotion in India so I personally would think it mere good manners to treat him with respect. Manners, not legality, is the issue here, I would think. He does no harm and obviously provides comfort to many
A Hindu leader says he's worried that the Hindu god Ganesh is being made a laughing stock on stage in a play about to premiere in Melbourne.
The publicity blurb for Ganesh versus the Third Reich, from Geelong-based company Back to Back Theatre, depicts the elephant-headed Hindu god of prophecy seeking to go one-on-one with Hitler over the swastika.
Rajan Zed, a Hindu statesman from the United States, said Hindus were concerned about the play, which will premiere at the Melbourne Festival. "The Lord Ganesh was meant to be worshipped in temples and home shrines and not to be made a laughing stock on theatre stages," Mr Zed said in a statement.
"Lord Ganesh was devine and theatre/film/art were welcome to create projects about/around him showing his true depiction as mentioned in the scriptures," said the president of the Universal Society of Hinduism.
"Creating irrelevant imaginary imagery, like reportedly depicting him being tortured and interrogated by Nazi SS, hurts the devotees."