Monday, November 1, 2010


I just joined in the celebration of Navaratri with folks from the interfaith coop circle and some newly-met friends. It was the last of a series of nine Hindu feast days paying homage to the divine feminine. It actually felt very awkward for me since I had no idea at all what the priests were saying (everything was in an Indian language), and I was totally at a loss as to what to do during the rituals. So I just played "mimic the Hindus", prayed to the gods not to embarrass myself, and enjoyed the immersion in Indian culture, music, and food. Jai Shakti.

The girls look totally cool in their outfits.

On the other hand, the skullcap was too big for me. I look like a chef.

An offering to the siva lingam.

Photo ops outside the temple.

A conclave of dark goddesses: Oya, Eris-Discordia, and Kali. I purchased this beautiful Kali figurine from Ishilta during our visit to the Hindu temple and after bringing it home, I noticed how its colors and motif matches very closely those of the Oya painting I made months ago, and that her name can be found on the golden apple of Discord ("Kallisti").

Basbasan Nawa!


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