Speaking of Shiva

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Shiva, as Nataraja, dancing the universe in and out of existence, in bronze. The pot is a god. The winnowing fan is a god. The stone in the street is a god. The comb is … Read More

Thalassa! Thalassa!

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Kannyakumari, at the southern tip of India, where the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea meet the Indian Ocean. Offshore, the towering statue of Tamil poet-saint Tiruvalluvar.

The Gods Are Everywhere, II

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The great Shri Meenakshi Temple, in Madurai. The centrifugal manifestations of divinity are dense, astonishing, and ubiquitous.  So are the masses of pilgrims and local worshippers who dawdle or flock among the carved medieval pillars … Read More