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Ganesha: Mixed Reactions Trail Rihanna’s Topless Photo

has been bee described as insensitive after she posted (on and ) a topless photo of herself wearing a pendant depicting the Hindu god Ganesha.

According to Indian mythology, Ganesha, also spelled ganesh and called Ganapati, is the Indian god of beginnings who is usually worshipped before the inception of any major enterprise. The elephant-headed god is also considered a remover of obstacles, like the rat, also in Indian mythology.

shared the topless image two days ago, quoting the Jamaican dancehall star , who had sung of a night he didn’t care to wear “lingerie.” At the time of writing this, Rihanna has not taken down the picture. The image, which showed the “Love on the Brain” songstress rocking boxers by her brand, Savage X Fenty, has been liked over 9 million times on .

While some fans faulted her use of a pendant depicting the god, calling her culturally insensitive, some fans actually sided with her, thinking the image nothing but art. Opinions remain severely divided

What do you think of the pendant and the outrage it has provoked among some Indians? You may want to join the conversation by dropping your thoughts in the comment section below.

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