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[QUOTE] What's the deal with the skulls? I've seen a few comments around the net where people voice out their dislike for them. I don't see what the fuss is about. [/QUOTE] All of the other explanations in this thread are sadly misinformed. The fact is that these grotesque elements explicitly imply that several murders committed by Dhalsim in the name of the Hindu religion — one for each skull. Consider the following quote, originally included in the extended character biography section of the original Japanese instruction manual for Street Fighter II. "My charming ornaments are made from garlands of human skulls," said Dhalsim. "I dwell in the cremation ground and eat my food from a human skull. I view the world alternately as separate from God and one with Him, through the eyes that are made clear with the ointment of yoga... I offer oblations of human flesh mixed with brains, entrails and marrow. We break our fast by drinking liquor from the skull of a Brahmin. At that time the god Mahābhairava should be worshipped with offerings of awe-inspiring human sacrifices from whose severed throats blood flows in currents." .... For real though, I think the skulls do kind of contribute to the impression that the character resulted from throwing together a combination of whatever looks visually appealing. In other words, one could accuse the design of lazily borrowing real life cultural/religious elements without thinking much about how it all fits together. Or it could just be that they look kind of goofy and cheesy. That's my take, really, although it's not enough to put me off the character. Either way, like so many things I think in the end it's just a matter of personal taste. Like Iggy, I was also kind of hoping they would lose the skulls. But I understand that it's become one of Dhalsim's signature element. I'm content to chalk this up to an artist (are there individual artist credits for the original designs?) looking at a reference photo of an ascetic holding a skull and thinking "Huh, maybe a skull motif might be cool. He can't really hold it while he's fighting... that would be too weird. Maybe if he wears them on a necklace." Overall, Dhalsim looks pretty damn cool in the new trailer. I am most assuredly getting into those yoga shenanigans as well as continuing my study of Spanish ninjutsu.
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