When Kali pushes back, will Shiva relent?

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“When Kali pushes back, will Shiva relent?”
(Part of the “Exploring the Divine Masculine” Series)

Artist: Pampi thirdeyefell #70
Medium: Pastel
Dimensions: 30” X 22”

Typical depiction of a blood-crazed Kali passing over Shiva
Typical depiction of a blood-crazed Kali passing over Shiva

In this image I recall the famous depiction of a power-crazed Kali (depicted as a terrifying aspect) stepping on Shiva, who lies in her path of destruction. When she realizes that she stepped on him, she sticks out her tongue in shame.

In this image, I ask, has there ever been a time where Shiva was crazed? Would Kali lie in his path of fury to stop him? Would he stop when he realizes how he abuses her? Would he feel shame?

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INTENTION
With devastating, escalating violence against women
Here’s what needs to happen NOW

We must reconsider every wicked step-mother and partner-violence story that has become our fairy tales. We must re-tell these tales.

For me, it starts with Kali and Her very first interaction with Shiva
We must re-tell the story of Their Tandava

Shiva Kali dancing Tandava. Notice how tiny she is next to him.
Shiva Kali dancing Tandava. Notice how tiny she is next to him.

 

NOTE: I am hosting a house-wide performance + art installation in celebration of “The Divine Masculine Comes into Age” at the Temple of Infinite Love #70, Sat May 4, Noon-6. Hope you can join us and explore the Divine Masculine with us!

Additional Reading:
Tehelka: Harsimran Gill’s Misogyny in folk tales

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