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I've been playing Diablo 2 enough to memorize its soundtrack, and I've heard this distinct singing from it in more than one other composition. But it's not in any language I can recognize, and I don't even know how it's spelled. None of my friends that know foreign languages could identify the lyrics, but given the genre it's probably not French or Spanish. The tracks I know of that contain the singing I'm interested in are:

I'd like to know what these mean and if possible where these voice samples come from.

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  • You have checked the soundtrack that can be found with Google? if its still not any of the listed songs, it may be Gregorian Monk chanting which is a perennial favorite of Blizzard. May 6 '15 at 4:14
  • It was recorded from 1997 to 2000. Are you sure it was the same Blizzard's habit at the time? May 6 '15 at 5:26
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Well, luckily, someone posted an explanation in the comments section of the video "Serial Experiments Lain - Cloudy with Occasional Rain," so go visit it. - https://youtu.be/1TunrW7dRr0

"... the vocal is a prayer to the Hindu goddess Lakshmi. "Prasanna Vadanaam. Saubhaagyadaam Bhaagyadaam. Hastaabhyaam Abhayapradaam. Maniganai naa naavidhai Bhuushhitaam".

English: "I salute the Goddess, who is of smiling face, bestow-er of all fortunes whose hands are ready to rescue anyone from fear who is adorned by various ornaments with precious stones, who showers boons fulfilling the ambitions of Her devotees."

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The wikipedia page for the Diablo II soundtrack indicates that the voices come from "Heart of Asia, Heart of Africa and Symphony of Voices" by Spectrasonics

A little more looking finds:

Those pages list some of the sample sources, although to match specifically what is used in those tracks would be a bigger effort.

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  • I've done some further research. I wasn't able to get a hold of a full copy of those sample library albums, but I was able to get a hold of some 30-second audio samples of each track. After listening, I am fairly certain that the singer of the Lakshmi chants in the Diablo 2-track is the same singer as in Spectrasonics' Heart of Asia 1, disc 2, SINGING, "Alaap Phrases". I'm therefore almost certain that the Lakshmi chants came from that track! Here's a link to the album cover.
    – Lucubrator
    Feb 17 '20 at 8:05
  • Here's the demo sample of SINGING - Alaap Phrases.
    – Lucubrator
    Feb 17 '20 at 8:08

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