Artist Better Appreciates Christianity After Attack by Hindu Fundamentalists
By Teresa Bergen
My late cat, Iberville, as Nataraja, the dancing Siva.
After 15 years practicing yoga and three years teaching, I was well on my way to being one of those Anglo-Americans who decorates their house with Hindu statues, knows the names of and basic facts about major Hindu deities, and enjoys chanting about the greatness of Siva, Krishna, et al. I felt inspired to paint my kitties — and some other cats and dogs and rabbits — in the guise of Hindu gods, complete with the accoutrements: glittery jewelry and headpieces, sarongs, Himalayan Mountains in the background, and wandering peacocks in the foreground. After years of floating in my yoga-teacher ether, I realized you can't just cast off your own culture and put on a prettier one. [link]