The creative ability of author Eiichiro Oda is always highly appreciated, because of what he has shown in the One Piece manga. Being able to create a masterpiece is one thing and maintaining it over a long period of time is another thing entirely. However, Oda did the impossible by achieving both of these different things, thus making One Piece the amazing manga and anime phenomenon it is today.
In addition to the plot and storytelling style, what fans love and cherish most about One Piece is the unique, attractive and charismatic cast of characters. At the forefront of this amazing group of characters is main character Monkey D. Luffy.
Luffy is a shōnen protagonist like no other, as his personality has remained largely unchanged throughout the series thus far. This is unusual for a shōnen protagonist. But like countless manga and anime characters in different series, Luffy is also said to be inspired by a famous character.
There is a theory that Luffy was inspired by the Monkey god Hanuman. This is the central character in two great and famous Indian epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Who is the Monkey God Hanuman?
Hanuman is a very famous character of Indian epics. The monkey god Hanuman is one of the most revered gods, respected by many people for his loyalty and absolute strength. As described in the epic Ramayana, Hanuman is a character with a human body, monkey face and is the son of the male god Shiva and goddess Parvati.
The monkey god is endowed with extraordinary strength, unpredictable magical powers and an intelligent and cunning mind.
The reason there is a theory that Luffy is modeled after the Monkey God Hanuman is because both characters have similar characteristics. For example, both of them have very extravagant personalities, are not afraid of heaven and earth, and have many glorious victories.
Similarities between Luffy and the god Hanuman
It is not difficult to realize that Luffy has many similarities with the god Hanuman, including personality traits and strength. When they were young, both of them were hyperactive, active, strong children, with extraordinary strength.
While the god Hanuman is single all his life, Luffy has almost no interest in women and does not pay attention to any women around him.
There was once a theory that Hanuman was the son of the wind god Vayu. Luffy’s father, Monkey D. Dragon, was also speculated to possess devil fruit power that allows him to control the weather, including controlling storms. Wind around as you wish.
Both Luffy and the god Hanuman are closely related to the Sun god in their respective universes. Luffy’s devil fruit makes him a descendant of the Sun god Nika, while Hanuman is known to be a student of the Sun god Surya and has learned most of his wisdom from the latter.
Most importantly, Hanuman is a symbol of wisdom, strength, courage and devotion. In the One Piece world, Luffy is also a symbol of strength and courage and he can shine brightest where he appears in almost any situation.
In addition, god Hanuman is also known to be able to remove fear and anger from human minds and hearts. Luffy can also do similar things with the people he meets and befriends on his journey to become pirate king.
Is Luffy inspired by the Monkey god Hanuman?
One Piece fans have predicted the possibility that the character Luffy is inspired by the god Hanuman. However, not everyone agrees with this hypothesis. There is a fan base that speculates that Luffy is based on the character Sun Wukong, like Son Goku from the Dragon Ball series.
However, after years of speculation and debate among One Piece fans on social media platforms such as Reddit, Oda indirectly ended the debate by indirectly confirming his inspiration for the character. Luffy animal. In episode 1074 of the One Piece anime, Luffy uses a new attack against Kaido.
While attacking Kaido, Luffy shouted the attack’s name, Bajrang Gun. Bajrang or Vajrang is a combination of two Sanskrit words: Vajra meaning diamond and Anga meaning body, meaning indestructible diamond-like body, a direct reference to the god Hanuman. Bajrang Bali (Bajirang) is another reading of the Monkey god Hanuman.
Although Oda did not directly reveal that Hanuman was the inspiration behind Luffy, the mention of the Monkey God at the end of the Wano Kingdom storyline indirectly confirmed it.
According to Gamerant