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Hand painted, acrylic on canvas.

LEFT: An reinterpretation of the Goddess Kali, of the Hindu pantheon. Black of skin, the warrior Goddess is called Kali (काली), the dark one that represents light. Says the Mahanirvana Tantra,"Just as all colors disappear in black, so all names and forms disappear in her."

The neck of the guitar case features a phurbu, also known as a kila, is a ritual dagger common to both Hindu and Buddhist tradition, the blade of which is believed to have the ability to pierce any evil.

RIGHT: A reinterpetation of the Goddess Manasa, worshipped primarily and extensively in Bengal, Bihar, Assam and in parts of the south. Emblematic of the diverse nature of "Hindu" worship, the one-eyed goddess of snakes is often relegated to the peripheries of the little traditions of India, like many local deities.