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What Ethnicity is Lady Shiva?
Every once in awhile a post pops up on tumblr discussing atlength what ethnicity Lady Shiva is, mostly in deference to what ethnicity thatmakes Cassandra Cain. This is not a call-out post, but rather a compilation of facts and my interpretations. I’ve done this before, but the post is now lostto the vast expanse of the internet. It’s worth typing up again.
Lady Shiva has suffered through the years as beingambiguously Asian with enough controversial and circuitous backstories that weare provided with both an abundance and lack of an answer. In order to help youall out, I’m just going to provide a case-by-case analysis on Shiva’sappearances and outfits in order to discern her ethnicity. Associated panels posted below; special thank to @judgeanon for reading through this.
TLDR; Lady Shiva was created specifically as a mixture between different Eastern cultures to act as a foil to the more traditionally American heroes. She has been portrayed with mainly Japanese and Chinese influences, but also importantlySoutheast Asian, Korean and South Asian references. I firmly believe Lady Shivais Chinese, but there is evidence to be argued for each and every one of theethnicities/regions listed above. (My headcanon, what I believe to be the most probable backstory she has can befound by searching ** in this extremely long post.)
Note: being Chinese is not an ethnicity, but rather a nationality. I’m using the main ethnic group in China, the Han, and the word Chinese interchangeably. That being said, there has never been any indication that she is or is not Han vs any other ethnic group native to China.
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TLDR; Lady Shiva was created specifically as a mixture between different Eastern cultures to act as a foil to the more traditionally American heroes. She has been portrayed with mainly Japanese and Chinese influences, but also importantly Southeast Asian, Korean and South Asian references.What ethnicity is Cassandra Cain? ›
In the DC Comics Bombshells universe, Cassandra is a Chinese heroine known as Black Bat.Is Lady Shiva a Hindu? ›
Known across the world as the deadliest woman alive, Sandra Wu-San—commonly referred to as Lady Shiva, after the Hindu god of destruction—has never known a threat she could not overcome. No one knows for certain why she kills or for whom she'll kill tomorrow.What is Lady Shiva's real name? ›
Try as she may, Sandra was not able to beat David Cain in battle. In exchange for sparing her life, David requested that she bare him a child…which she did. After the child (Cassandra Cain) was born, Sandra, now called Lady Shiva, left in search of her life's meaning.Is Lady Shiva good or bad? ›
Type of Villain
Lady Shiva. Lady Shiva, real name Sandra Wu-San, is a fictional character in the DC Comics franchise and a recurring antagonist in the Batman franchise, serving as the arch-nemesis of Richard Dragon, the Question, Batgirl and her own daughter Cassandra Cain.
As the daughter of Lady Shiva, Cassandra is half-Chinese but apart from her brief stint as the Black Bat in Hong Kong, little else has been done to explore her Asian heritage in more detail.Is Cassandra Cain half white? ›
Cassandra Cain is the daughter of two assassins-Lady Shiva and David Cain-making her half Caucasian and half Asian. In the original canon her vocal cords were slashed by her mother as a punishment meaning she was mute and communicated through sign language.Where did Lady Shiva come from? ›
Speaking about her childhood, Sin says that Ra's al Ghul's League of Assassins ran the village where she and Shiva were born and raised. The sisters moved to Detroit, Michigan, using the names Sandra and Carolyn Wu-San. There, they devoted their time to practicing the martial arts.Why can't Cassandra Cain talk? ›
Cassandra appears as Orphan in the third season of Young Justice. In the show, she cannot speak at all, due to her mother removing her vocal cords.Which Hindu god has two genders? ›
Ardhanarishvara, (Sanskrit: “Lord Who Is Half Woman”) composite male-female figure of the Hindu god Shiva together with his consort Parvati. As seen in many Indian and Southeast Asian sculptures, the right (male) half of the figure is adorned with the traditional ornaments of Shiva.
Ardhanareeshvara is a combination of three words “Ardha,” “Nari,” and “Ishwara” means “half,” “woman,” and “lord,” respectively, which when combined means the lord whose half is a woman. It is believed that the God is Lord Shiva and the woman part is his consort Goddess Parvati or Shakti.Does Lady Shiva love Cassandra? ›
During an encounter with both of the Batgirls, it has become apparent that despite her misguided views, Shiva does love her daughter and is proud of her. Their long and often antagonistic past has kept her from trying to get closer to Cassandra, knowing there is too much bad blood to make reconciliation possible.Who was Shiva original wife? ›
Sati married Shiva against her father's wishes. When her father failed to invite her husband to a great sacrifice, Sati died of mortification and was later reborn as the goddess Parvati.What curse does Shiva have? ›
Brahma cursed Shiva that the fifth head will be attached to Shiva and will cause him hunger. The fifth head must be connected to his hand itself, and hereafter Shiva must be affected by having a craving, having no sleep. Parvati sought Vishnu's advice and got rid of the fifth head 'Kabala'.Who is Lady Shiva's love interest? ›
At first, Lady Shiva's interest in Cassandra was seemingly no different than her interest in other gifted martial artists in whom she saw potential.How tall is Lady Shiva? ›
Known Relatives: Carolyn (sister, deceased), Cassandra Cain (daughter – became Batgirl much later). Group Affiliation: Occasional agent of GOOD, partner of Richard Dragon and Ben Turner. Base Of Operations: New York City (or nearby). Height: 5'8” Weight: 150lbs.Does Cassandra Cain have autism? ›
While she is never given an explicit diagnosis, she has a lot of autistic traits and dyslexia. While some of this is due to her father's abuse, several scenes in the comic have shown that she is also naturally neurodivergent.Who is the daughter of Lady Shiva? ›
Cassandra Cain is the second Batgirl. She is daughter of Lady Shiva and David Cain. The alias "Orphan" was used in the New 52, but her costume is based on her time as Batgirl. This is her first animated appearance.What color is Cassandra Cain's eyes? ›
Cassandra's eye color is listed as blue in Batman: No Man's Land Secret Files and Origins #1, brown in Batman Allies Secret Files and Origins 2005, but green in Batgirl Secret Files and Origins #1, DC Comics Encyclopedia and DC Comics Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded.Is Black Adam originally white? ›
Black Adam was originally an ancient Egyptian slave who received the powers of the Wizard Shazam.
Cassandra was completely mute and unable to read—her ability to fight was her "first language." Her father considered language and literacy a waste of memory and brain space for someone training to be the perfect weapon.Is Batwoman White? ›
Nothing specific in Catwoman's history precludes her from being a black woman. So for over 50 years,Selina Kyle has occasionally and casually shown up as African American, proving colorblind casting is nothing for fanboys to be up in arms about.How did Shiva actually look? ›
What does Shiva look like? Shiva is usually depicted as white, from the ashes of corpses that are smeared on his body, with a blue neck, from holding poison in his throat. His wears a crescent moon and the Ganges River as decorations in his hair and a garland of skulls and a serpent around his neck.Who is Lady Shiva's sister? ›
Carolyn Woosan is the older sister of the legendary martial artist Lady Shiva.Can Nightwing beat Lady Shiva? ›
Lady Shiva is the best of the best and has proven more than a match for Nightwing every time they've fought. Her reputation precedes her everywhere she goes.What language does Cassandra speak? ›
Cassandra, in Carson, speaks two languages at once—English and Greek, onomatopoeia and speech, past and present—such that it is difficult to understand plainly what she means. I understood eventually—there is nothing plain about what she says and no Page 5 4 plain way to understand it.Why does Cassandra Cain have scars? ›
Scars. Much like Bruce Wayne, Cassandra's torso is covered in scars due to her father's harsh training. First noted in Batgirl 18, the scars are only apparent when Cassandra takes off her clothes; usually noted as being on her back, although in Batman and the Outsiders they are shown to also extend to her legs and arms ...How old was Cassandra Cain when she met Batman? ›
6 Cassandra Cain: 19-years-old
When Cassandra Cain was fighting crime under the tutelage of Oracle and Batman as Batgirl, Barbara mentions that she's only 18-years-old in Batgirl #39.
Hinduism has been called the oldest religion in the world. The word Hindu is an exonym although many practitioners refer to their religion as Sanātana Dharma (Sanskrit: सनातन धर्म, lit.What are the sins in Hinduism? ›
- Lust or desire for sensual pleasure – काम – Kama.
- Anger – क्रोध – Krodha.
- Greed – लोभ – Lobha.
- Attachment – मोह – Moha.
- Sense of I – मद – Mada.
- partiality – मत्सर्य – Matsarya.
God Shiva as Lord Who Is Half-Male, Half-Female (Ardhanarishvara)Why only Shiva has 3 eyes? ›
To prevent impending catastrophe, Shiva formed a third eye from which fire emerged to recreate light and order, hence saving the world from inevitable disaster. Throughout imagery of Shiva this eye is depicted as closed or by three horizontal lines in the middle of his forehead.Who is Greek equivalent of Shiva? ›
Dionysus and Shiva
Dionysus' popularity can be traced back to the first millennium BC when he was perhaps worshipped by the Mycenaean Greeks. The description of Dionysus can immediately be compared to that of the Hindu God Shiva, who is revered for his energetic and creative powers.
Brahma the creator
In the beginning, Brahma sprang from the cosmic golden egg and he then created good and evil and light and dark from his own person. He also created the four types: gods, demons, ancestors and men, the first of whom was Manu. Brahma then made all the other living creatures upon the earth.
Extraordinary Genius. Prior to her defeat at the hands of Cassandra Cain, Lady Shiva was hailed as the greatest martial artist in the world, with even the likes of Batman being unable to beat her in single combat. She is a master of all fighting forms and learns a dozen new disciplines every year.Does Lady Shiva have a child? ›
Shiva's daughter, Cassandra Cain, would later become the new Batgirl. Over time, she has become more closely associated with Batman and related characters, both as an enemy and an ally. She is a martial arts grandmaster, one of the most skilled combatants in the entire DC Universe.Does Shiva have a daughter? ›
Who was Shiva's daughter? Shiva's daughter was named Ashok Sundari as she rid her mother Parvati of her sorrow ('shok'). Folk tales also refer to the goddess of light, Jyoti, as well as Mansa, who cures snakebites, as his daughters.Does Shiva have 3 wives? ›
Many believe that Lord Shiva always had two wives. The first of Lord Shiva's wives was the goddess Sati and the second of his wives was the goddess Parvati. Both of Lord Shiva's wives have many names they are referred to by: Shakti, Uma, Gauri, Kali, Annapurna, Dakshayani, etc.How many daughters did Shiva have? ›
Five Daughters of Lord Shiva
Going through the pages of 'Shiva Purana', one can really find three more daughters of Shiva. Their names are Ashok Sundari, Jyoti and Manasa. Let's see the brief stories about Shiva's five daughters.
No, goddess Pārvatī was not 16 years old at the time of her marriage. If we are to go by this excerpt from the Śiva Mahā-Purāṇa 2.3. 22.49-53, goddess Pārvatī was well above atleast 3000 years old, when she married god Śiva.
Involving in acts of violence or uncivilized activities against, children, woman and any weak creature, is an unforgivable sin. Lord Shiva is praised as one of the supreme Gods.Why is Shiva lying down? ›
Shiva lying at Kali's feet also symbolises the supremacy of Nature over man. It clearly shows that without Kali or Shakti even a powerful force like Lord Shiva is inert. Hence, Kali is shown as stepping on Shiva's chest.Can Shiva destroy karma? ›
Sadhguru describes how Shiva established the process of Bhairavi Yatana, a process which destroys lifetimes of karma in a few moments.How many lovers did Shiva have? ›
Many believe that Lord Shiva always had two wives. The first of Lord Shiva's wives was the goddess Sati and the second of his wives was the goddess Parvati. Both of Lord Shiva's wives have many names they are referred to by: Shakti, Uma, Gauri, Kali, Annapurna, Dakshayani, etc.Why do girls worship Shiva? ›
The Shiva Tribe
Shravan, the auspicious month which is favourite of Lord Shiva is celebrated by women through fasting and offering prayers. It is said that fasting on Mondays for Lord Shiva helps one get married easily and get a loving partner like Him. Lord Shiva is the ideal husband.
A depressed Shiva returned to his ascetic world while Sati was reborn as Parvati, daughter of Himavat, king of the mountains and personification of the Himalayas, and his wife, Mena. Himavat appreciated Shiva ardently. Consequently, Parvati like Sati, won Shiva over by her penance and married him.What is the personality of Lady Shiva? ›
Sandra Wu-San is Lady Shiva, known as possibly the world's greatest martial artist. She has been both a ruthless villain and a heroic vigilante. Her motivations are based purely on what interests her. This has lead her to mentor several other fighters.Does Lady Shiva know who Batman is? ›
Lady Shiva is a deadly assassin with enough skill to kill anyone she chooses. Her stealth and her ability to go in for the kill are likely how she came to know that Bruce Wayne is Batman.How tall is God Shiva in feet? ›
As per Puranas; Height of Shiva is 7 feet.Who is Cassandra Cain's parents? ›
Cassandra Cain is a member of the Batman Family and protégé of Batman. The daughter of assassins David Cain and Lady Shiva, she was raised to become the greatest weapon for the League of Assassins. However, horrified from her first killing, she fled to the Batman Family for protection.Who was Cassandra in the Bible? ›
Cassandra was a daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy. Her elder brother was Hector, the hero of the Greek-Trojan war.What curse did Cassandra have? ›
In Greek mythology, Cassandra was cursed to be ignored. There really wasn't anything she could do to get people to believe her. For the Cassandras in our own midst, the curse is even more terrible.Who did Cassandra love? ›
Princess Cassandra would become a concubine for Agamemnon, King of Mycenae, after the fall of Troy. They had two children together, Teledamus and Pelops.What is the relationship between Cassandra Cain and Lady Shiva? ›
She is a Chinese/Japanese martial arts grandmaster and one of the most skilled combatants in the DC Universe. She is an assassin-for-hire who specializes in killing her targets with her bare hands, and is the mother of Cassandra Cain, aka Batgirl.What color are Cassandra Cain's eyes? ›
Cassandra's eye color is listed as blue in Batman: No Man's Land Secret Files and Origins #1, brown in Batman Allies Secret Files and Origins 2005, but green in Batgirl Secret Files and Origins #1, DC Comics Encyclopedia and DC Comics Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded.What is Asperger marriage Cassandra syndrome? ›
The Cassandra phenomenon refers to the non-Asperger's person in the relationship's experience of not being believed when they talk with a friend about the problems in the relationship with their AS partner. It points toward the frustrations and potential traumas of a partner dealing with their neurodivergent partner.Does Cassandra Cain have a boyfriend? ›
Unlike her fellow Batgirls Barbara Gordon and Stephanie Brown, Cassandra Cain has never had any significant or lasting romances in continuity. The closest she came was with Connor Kent, aka Superboy, but after sharing her first kiss with him, they both decided they would be better off as friends.Is Cassandra Cain deaf? ›
History. Cassandra Cain in the Re-Verse universe is the illegitimate child of Batman and Lady Shiva Cain. She was born deaf unlike other version of her. She is the assassin know as Death Bat, second leader of the League of Assassins (Re-Verse).Who was the original Cassandra? ›
Cassandra, in Greek mythology, the daughter of Priam, the last king of Troy, and his wife Hecuba. In Homer's Iliad, she is the most beautiful of Priam's daughters but not a prophetess.
Cassandra: Ironically the shortest male and female members of the Batfamily are also the two most deadliest out of them. Cassandra is an example of that by being only 5′2 (157 cm) tall.