Most Nintendo fans consider The Legend of Zelda games to be based on a Medieval European fantasy. Why not? After all, the Hylians (and human-like creatures in general) in the game are white-skinned. Moreover, they follow a feudal method of governing their cities, with the king placed at the top followed by royalty, knights, and finally, the peasant class. The hero and all the knights carry on their shield the emblem of Hyrule (which is a mixture of the Triforce and Hylia's symbol - typical for knights to wear in the Middle Ages. The hero slays the boss and saves the princess. All classic Medieval European folklore. But if Zelda is truly only a Medieval European fantasy, then it should not include elements from other races. For instance, Zelda contains several elements from India. The currency for instance, is called a "rupee". The interesting thing, however, is that the Indian currency is also Rupee. Green-Silver British-Indian coin worth 1 rupee Green crystal worth 1 rupee Moreover, the Hindu practice of Yoga can also be seen in some of the Zelda games. This is surprisingly a close match to Indian culture. Rosa Sisters and Link practicing yoga in Majora's Mask Moreover, some of the language terms are also similar to Hindi, the commonly spoken language in India. For example, Link's sister, Aryll, calls Link "Bhai", which is the Hindi form of the Sanskrit word, "Bhayya". That is also similar to Indian culture. Aryll calling Link, "Big Brother!" in Wind Waker There are also Australian Aboriginal elements in Zelda games. The Boomerang is notoriously known for being used in most of Link's adventure. This weapon/tool, however, was actually used exclusively by the Australian Aborigines. Link's Boomerang Then there is also references to the Bantu tribe in Africa as exemplified by the Gorons. Though slightly racist, Nintendo shows that Gorons have big lips like Bantus; they play drums like Bantus; they dance like Bantu's; and they live in hot climates like ancient Bantus. Goron and Link Well, these are just a few examples of elements derived from several civilizations in the Medieval European fantasy. I have not even mentioned who the dark-skinned Gerudos are. Nor have I mentioned the detailed Japanese elements in the game (partially because the Japanese creator decided to add infinite of such elements). Perhaps a safe assumption would be that The Legend of Zelda is derived from several cultures. After all, Shigeru Miyamoto says that "[he is] so thankful [that Zelda] has allowed us to 'link' with players all around the globe." So what are your opinions on the topic? Which civilizations is Zelda inspired from? Don't be shy. Discuss the answer to the question below!