Meet a Goddess: Kali

Kali is a powerfully interesting goddess. She defies expectation and turns cultural expectations on their heads. A modern woman can really relate to her life outside of social norms.

She is not beautiful by the standards of society. She is full of the kind of female power that terrifies most people.

Kali is a goddess of death, of time, of change. She is often shown with blood dripping from her mouth and the severed heads of men decorating her neck.

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It is sometimes said that she is dark because she has existed since before light was created. The Mahanirvana Tantra says: “Just as all colors disappear in black, so all names and forms disappear in her.”

She is often seen as a fearsome mother figure with the kind of energy that stops at nothing to protect her children.

This goddess must be approached and worshiped with care. It is highly recommended to give devotion to her under guidance.

This article from DollsofIndia.com has some interesting ideas about how Kali might be a pre-Aryan goddess from before the time of the Vedas. Fascinating!

Kali is not a goddess that I know very much about, but she is someone I would like to become closer to. As a woman in a largely patriarchal world, I have only just begun to explore the female power within me. I am just starting to understand how immense female energy is.

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About Ambaa Choate

Ambaa is an American woman of European ancestry who is also a practicing Hindu. She is fascinated with questions of philosophy, culture, and the meaning of life. Join her in the journey to explore how a non-Indian convert to Hinduism experiences her religion.