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Rihanna's Ganesh pendant – Hinduism is a religion, not a pretty aesthetic

By Rina Arya, Professor of Visual Culture and Theory, University of Huddersfield
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In a recent social media post showing off her Savage X Fenty brand, the singer Rihanna posed topless while sporting a diamond-studded pendant of Ganesh, the elephant-headed god. Hindus expressed their anger on Twitter, accusing her of cultural appropriation and of using their religion as an aesthetic.

Ganesh is the remover of obstacles and is called upon by Hindus during marriage…

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