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Friday, 21 June 2013

Lord Shiva In Flood

This image from the Associated Press caught my attention, not so much for the story about Indian unpreparedness for the annual monsoon floods (which is a bit like Siberians not expecting snow in Winter), but for its striking look.

Shiva Caught In Flood

If you were to remove the background and just presented Lord Shiva "the Destroyer" or "the Transformer"  then it could be almost as though Shiva is walking through the destruction. It maybe reminds us of one of the other 'old ones' ...

Shiva Rising From Chaos

Maybe 'Ophion', the first of the Titan Gods to rule Olympus (he was overthrown by Kronos), who was believed to have been born fully formed in the sea, wading ashore from the chaos (in truth some versions suggest he was a snake ... but why ruin a good bit of symbolism).

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