Is there a deeper meaning behind Sati being Indian?

Meaning, was it just their artistic choice, or was there some reference or sendoff to a concept or idea from an Indian culture or philosophy or Hinduism made by by Wachovskys?

  • This is something that has been debated literally since the third film hit cinemas. There are dozens of threads on as many boards throughout the internet, and no-one has ever worked out if there is any significance to the name. @Jaydee's description below is a theory I've seen before, and seems to be the most sensible and logical. Of course, this being the Wachowski brothers, that almost certainly makes it the wrong answer. I've even heard the theory that it was Lana/ Larry Wachowski pseudonym when cross-dressing, before his/ her sex-change operation. I don't think that theory holds up. – James Sheridan May 22 '14 at 15:24
  • since her parents were Indian ;) – n611x007 May 27 '14 at 12:49
  • @JamesSheridan could you give a link selection for example of 'dozens' of threads? good for reference and as underpinning. ;) – n611x007 May 27 '14 at 12:49
  • @naxa: I didn't thinks links worked in comments? Regardless, a quick Google search (Sati Matrix Indian) nets me three different threads, one of them 40 pages long, as the first three results. For those who are interested, this thread doesn't appear until the third page on Google, despite being the most recently updated. – James Sheridan May 28 '14 at 0:52
  • @JamesSheridan (meta) yes comments work: [name](http://url). along with *italics* **bold** and `code formatting` – n611x007 May 28 '14 at 11:02

If it references anything I can only think it may be a reference to the Buddhist "Sati"


The word sati derives from a root meaning 'to remember,' but as a mental factor it signifies presence of mind, attentiveness to the present, rather than the faculty of memory regarding the past.


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    How and why does that concept tie in with The Matrix? – DVK-on-Ahch-To May 22 '14 at 13:02
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    It is one of the "Seven Factors of Enlightenment". Enlightenment being one reading of certain aspects of the matrix, Neo's awakening for example. – Jaydee May 22 '14 at 13:31

There are many references to Hinduism, Buddhism and Indian culture in The Matrix. Take, for example, the shape of the lotus flower when Neo's body is taken by the machines.

Also the concept of Karma which is spoken by Sati's father to Neo in order to explain that concepts exist in all kinds of reality. Real or virtual.

The name Sati also means "awareness" in buddhist circles. The character of Sati appears to be a reference to this awareness. So it makes sense that Sati's character would be Indian.

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