A Twitter handle @NioZenji shared a video and wrote, “man-made buildings are no match for nature/heaven’s power.” He further wrote, “The Mighty Buddhist God Vajrapani & Indradeva wield the power of Lightning & Thunder. Many Devas in Dharmic pantheon are personifications of the forces of the Universe. In Japan we honor these deities as “Shoten Zenjin.”
The Mighty Buddhist God Vajrapani & Indradeva wield the power of Lightning & Thunder. Many Devas in Dharmic pantheon are personifications of the forces of the Universe. In Japan we honor these deities as “Shoten Zenjin”. Man-made buildings are no match for Nature/Heaven’s Power. pic.twitter.com/Cl68Ikha1z
— Rev. Zenji Nio (Indo-Japan Ctr) (@NioZenji) December 5, 2019
Shefali Vaidya quote-tweeted the video with a “wow”.
— Shefali Vaidya (@ShefVaidya) December 5, 2019
American-Hindu ‘acharya’ David Frawley also quote-tweeted the video.
Earlier viral as ‘Hurricane Dorian from the coasts of Florida’
A Twitter handle @OrgPhysics had shared the same video on September 6 as “A view of Hurricane Dorian from the coasts of Florida.“
A view of Hurricane Dorian 🌪 from the coasts of Florida. pic.twitter.com/1CgHofJ2LG
— Physics-astronomy.org (@OrgPhysics) September 6, 2019
The tweet was quote-tweeted and retweeted by many, among them was the Pakistani Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Hussein.
The video is a digitally-created, based on an artwork by US-based photographer Brent Shavnore. He had uploaded it on his Instagram account in May.
In an email conversation with AFP, he said that the video is an animated version of a composite image he created. The video was created by Instagram user TheGlitch. “Yes Instagram user TheGlitch was the person who animated the storm. I combined the two Shutterstock pictures together to create the artwork. That video on YouTube is my tutorial explaining how it’s done,” Shavnore wrote to AFP.
Alt News’s earlier fact-check can be read here.
A digitally created artwork and animation was thus believed to portray real landscape. The sound of thunder was also added to the clip.
[Update: The title of this report was altered on December 7, 2019.]