Thursday, August 4, 2016

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]

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