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Kali by sophiaazhou Kali by sophiaazhou
March 2014
assistant: Mike


Kali is the Hindu goddess of time, associated with doomsday and death, and is known as the black goddess due to the Sanskrit translation of her name to mean “she who is black” or “she who is death.” Iconography and mythology commonly correspond her with death, sexuality, and violence, and she is often portrayed as dark and violent. However, her earliest incarnation was as one who would annihilate evil forces. In fact, a few Hindu cosmologies and Tantric beliefs worship her as the “ultimate reality” or Brahman —“the unchanging reality amidst and beyond the world that cannot be exactly defined”— and she is revered as “redeemer of the universe” —Bhavatarini.

Regarding 
last week’s photo in the series, I wanted to try applying the multiple exposure method again, though in a different way, so I thought it would be interested to try it with a Hindu deity, because they are known for having many arms. However, I had difficulty deciding which deity I wanted to portray. As I was reading through articles describing Kali, I thought it was interesting that her dominant representation was of something violent and dark when her rule is in darkness and doom, but also in time. I thought it was interesting that her third association with time is often glossed over, and that those who do recognize it are the few that revere her as the “ultimate reality.” They also recall her earliest incarnation, which also seems forgotten by most, and thus worship her as “redeemer of the universe.” I thought these were interesting to observe, especially regarding my previous photo, which speculated on the peculiar relationship people have with time and the past.

Perhaps as the goddess of time and change, people’s fears of change and the passage of time have led to Kali’s dark and ferocious portrayal. As a result of this, she has sometimes also become a symbol of change and time for 20th century feminist scholars and writers, and Kali has come to be associated with with Empowerment or shakti, which is a concept or personification of divine feminine creative power that is most actively manifested through female embodiment. To reflect this in my photo, because Kali is typically portrayed with her foot resting on a prostrate Shiva to subdue her anger, in my photo she holds her own foot to herself to represent her own empowerment to control her own power.



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Matttowler Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
soooo cool
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
thank you! :)
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Espada-Ragna Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous! O_o <3 :worship:
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
thanks so much!
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BarefootPiratequeen Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
Fantastic!
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
thanks so much!
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BarefootPiratequeen Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
You're most welcome! 
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SiiLvAH Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am usually interested in other religions,and Hinduism is really fascinating,however Kahli is by far the most brutal goddess in any religion
I love the way the picture captures this expression,and the lightning as well as the angle are great ♥
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
thank you so much! I think many religious deities and otherwise spiritual entities are fascinating, but some of them are quite terrifying if you stop to really consider them.
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SiiLvAH Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know right!
it's no problem by teh way,don't mention it
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Aware-Of-The-Vacuity Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work. I love Indian deities. But when I saw this I thought it would be Shiva. I need to brush up my studies!
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Thank you so much! If it helps, I get a lot of the deities mixed up too and had to double check before I made this photo. ^^;
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Aware-Of-The-Vacuity Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Mythologies and religions can be really confusing, with all characters they have. 
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offermoord Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Beautiful work! Quite a powerful stare..
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
thank you very much :)
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sylor41 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, nice photo and interesting concept you got here :).
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
thank you very much. :heart:
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sylor41 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome~
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Zaxxxi Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Incredible !!!
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
thank you very, very much! :heart:
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Zaxxxi Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very, vert welcome :iconbugplz:
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Tupunoor Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
Awesome work!
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
thank you so much!
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drigulch Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
A fantastic portrayal of an entirely enthralling, empowered essence. I wonder if part of the evolving aura around such a deity, her transformation to eliminator of evil forces to the high minded Goddess of eternal ends who brings the hammer down on all of us, might be the fact that she is adamantly forthright and honest in what she does. It seems we humans have a habit of invoking extremely empowered, divine feminine forces with the exact qualities that Kali has, then when we found that she metes then out equitably, we cry foul. thinking we, each, ought to have a special dispensation from death and a waiver for our own dastardly deeds. Wishing for a redeemer of the universe, though one who does so in our image of it, and not hers. 
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
thank you so much for your compliment, and also for taking the time to share your thoughts. :heart:
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