In the old game, Afterlife (Lucas Arts), there is a song that features a chant. The song is the most peaceful of the soundtrack, in my opinion, and I have always wondered what the chant was. The song can be found here: http://youtu.be/g3bXez65Fx0.

It seems that the song is Buddhist or Hindi inspired. It is similar to the chant played when founding buddhism in Civilization IV. A video of that chant can be found here: http://youtu.be/rUGH7x-i6ww.

If anyone can help me figure out what the mantra/chant of the song is, I would be eternally grateful. I cannot find an answer via Google.

  • the first one sounds like "OM MANI MA OM"
    – Andriy Volkov
    Commented Sep 15, 2014 at 18:22

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I puzzled out a similar problem on the Thai Angulimali soundtrack which did turn out to be Pali.

As you say, there seems to be two chants; one at the beginning, and another at 1:44. The on at the beginning sounds familiar; I bet it's Tibetan, maybe even Om Mani Padme Hum. I'm pretty sure you'd hear it on one of the movies about Tibetan Buddhism like Kundhun, Little Buddha, etc.

The second one sounds vaguely Indic, but nothing rings a bell. The best I can sound it out to be is something like:

asabha savana namehe

MobyGames (linked from Wikipedia) says a man named Peter McConnell did the music for Afterlife. His email is [email protected]. Probably the best lead.

  • Thank you for the response. I assume this is the chant in the middle of the song that starts around 1:44 in the first video. Do you recognize the one at the beginning of the video, or is that the one that you listed above?
    – GibsonCode
    Commented Aug 15, 2014 at 14:03
  • Also, thank you for the email address, I just sent an email to Peter McConnell. I can update my question when I hear a response.
    – GibsonCode
    Commented Aug 15, 2014 at 14:16
  • @HBennet right, sorry. I was referring to the second one. Updated my answer to include some speculation on the first. Commented Aug 15, 2014 at 14:18
  • @HBennet if you get an answer, post it as an answer. Commented Aug 15, 2014 at 14:19
  • I sent Peter McConnell an email in mid August, but have not yet heard from him.
    – GibsonCode
    Commented Sep 17, 2014 at 15:59

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