Collecting Golu Dolls

My mom and my dad's sisters collect Christmas figurines.  Manger scene figures to create Christmas scenes in December. It can be nice for adult sisters and sister-in-laws to have collectibles that make for easy gifts. Relatives who aren't too sure what you might want, know they can always get you a new figure for your tableaux.The figurines expand well beyond the traditional baby in a manger with parents and some angels and wise men. There are whole houses and villagers and farmers and … [Read more...]


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Welcome, Goddesses! Happy Navratri!

October 5th begins nine days of celebrating the Hindu Goddesses as forms of Shakti, the divine feminine energy. Durga (Day 1-3) Durga is a warrior Goddess. She rides a lion or a tiger and she wears bright red. On each day she is also honored in one of her different forms: Kumari, Parvati and Kali. They represent the three different types of femininity: child, young woman, and adult woman. Lakshmi (Day 4-6) Lakshmi (Laxmi) is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. She rides an owl and dresses i … [Read more...]


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Your First Visit to a Hindu Temple

The first time you visit a Hindu temple can be overwhelming or intimidating. Let me give you a rundown of what to expect so you'll feel like a pro when you get there...(Men usually prostrate laying their entire body flat)There are sometimes set schedules at Hindu temples, but you don't have to go at a particular time. There might be services such as the morning bathing and dressing of the Gods. You can arrive for those or you can go any time during the day when it is open (the larger … [Read more...]


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Hinduism 101: What do Hindus Believe?

I've been perusing through Yahoo answers and it seems like every page or so someone is asking "What do Hindus believe?" Quite an enormous question!I tried to find a post of mine to direct the questioners to, but found nothing. It seems I have not done a broad overview post for those entirely unfamiliar with Hinduism.So here it is: the big overview...  What is Hinduism and What Do Hindus Believe First of all, Hinduism is a word that is used to refer to a vast variety of people and … [Read more...]


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