Kali-ma. Goddess as Liberator.
In this terrifying aspect, the goddess drips blood from her devouring mouth, and her huge sword has beheaded the demon Ignorance, while her other two hands signify the blessing implied by this spiritual deed of protection and purification.
Venerated since time immemorial on the banks of the Ganges and throughout India, Kali is the active patroness of the Sacred Source artisan community. She is the Mother who purges us of fear, anger, jealousy and grief, then nurses us back to balance in the ultimate act of soul-healing. Beneath her frightening appearance lies the truth that life, though sometimes fraught with suffering, is rooted in joy. Invoke her and she will bless you with protection and healing.
Unlike much Western mythology, Hinduism at all times has recognized the feminine principle, most prominently in the form of consort to Shiva or Shiva-Shakti. The male power, inert, is useless without this energizing female power, conceived of in its benign form as Parvati, and in its fierce or destructive form as Kali.
The Ancient Goddess, in her warrior aspect of Inanna, Medusa or Athena, served a similar psycho-spiritual function in western cultures.
14.5" Ganges clay statue, handpainted. #KLG.