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.

  • 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

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."


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.

  • 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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