Fans wonder if Willow Smith is Hindu following new hand tattoo

Amber Peake July 20, 2021
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Willow Smith sparked curiosity yesterday (Monday, 19 July) after she posted a picture on Instagram of herself getting a hand tattoo of the goddess Saraswati. We explore the singer’s faith as fans wonder if Willow Smith is Hindu.

About Willow Smith’s Saraswati hand tattoo

Willow Smith, daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, revealed she had a new tattoo on her hand yesterday Monday, 19 July on Instagram.

Her new inking is inspired by Hindu goddess Saraswati who is said to embody knowledge and learning as well as the arts.

While thanking her tattoo artist in a post to her 8.5 million followers, Smith shared the meaning behind her new inking.

She wrote: “THANK YOU for adorning me with this beautiful representation of Saraswati (सरस्वती), the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, art, speech, wisdom, and learning.”

The post comes days after Smith shaved her head live during her Willow in Concert: Lately I Feel Everything as she performed her 2010 debut single Whip My Hair.

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Twitter reacts to the singer’s new tattoo

Following the singer’s new inking, some have taken to social media as they are curious to know about Smith’s faith while others have since shared their concern over the 20-year-old’s new tattoo.

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Willow Smith’s faith explored: Is she Hindu?

The singer has not publically stated her faith, although growing up has said she was raised with many different philosophies and religions, including Buddhism and Taoism.

In an interview with Wonderland magazine last year, Smith opened up on the spirituality and the journey that inspired her EP Rise, which she collaborated with musician Jahnavi Harrison.

Talking of the process behind her song Rise, Willow revealed the song was inspired by a conversation with Jahnavi about Hindu philosophy. She explained: “In Hindu philosophy, the karmic cycle is really a huge concept.

“And so she [Jahnavi] was talking about that and I was like oh my gosh this is so beautiful because it’s also not just the cycles in your life, but getting out that cycle of rebirth and actually realizing the well of compassion that you have within you.”

Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having previously ran the Instagram for Reality Titbit, Amber now writes for both HITC and The Focus as a freelance writer.