Artwork of Link kneeling before a crucifix in A Link to the Past

Christianity was the intended religion of the Legend of Zelda series prior to the creation of the Golden Goddesses. Based on the real world religion, its existence is very vague, but it is implied throughout the early installments of the series.


The Legend of Zelda

The Book of Magic resembles a stereotypical depiction of the holy book of Christianity, the Bible, as it has a cross on its cover. This is because the Japanese version of the game actually called the item the Bible. This was likely changed due to Nintendo of America's guidelines. In spite of this, the later Famicom cartridge edition retains both names, with Bible in Japanese and Book of Magic in English text beside it. In addition, the shields used by Link and Darknuts also have a cross painted on it.

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

The Cross, a Christian symbol and relic, is an obtainable item that is used to make invisible objects such as the Moa become visible. Additionally, Wizzrobes have red crosses on the front of their robes.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Although this game rang in the religion of the Golden Goddesses and the Triforce, official artwork was released regardless that depicted Link kneeling before a crucifix.

Right before the entrance to the Desert Palace, Link finds a tablet which, if read by using the Book of Mudora, tells him to pray to open the door. He then draws a cross on his chest while the first nine notes of the Sanctuary theme play. Incidentally, there is a pentagram inside of the Desert Palace in the Japanese version, though this was replaced with a nonsensical symbol in International versions. The Loyal Sage character was also a priest in the Japanese version, and his Sanctuary was intended to be a church.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

The Sanctuary returns in A Link Between Worlds, the direct sequel to A Link to the Past.

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