Egyptian Gods and Hindu Goddesses Play

The Gods get to-gether

The gods get together for a meeting.
The gods get together for a meeting. | Source
Tay assembles the Gods into different groups so they can talk with each other.
Tay assembles the Gods into different groups so they can talk with each other. | Source
Shiva talks with Lord Budda
Shiva talks with Lord Budda | Source
Saraswati the Hindu God of Knowledge compares notes  with Thot the Egyptian God of knowledge
Saraswati the Hindu God of Knowledge compares notes with Thot the Egyptian God of knowledge | Source
The reclining Buddah checks out Durga Hindu Earth mother who eats her children
The reclining Buddah checks out Durga Hindu Earth mother who eats her children | Source
Kyashu Katsina the Hopi Parrot dances with Krishna the God of Love while he is playing his flute.
Kyashu Katsina the Hopi Parrot dances with Krishna the God of Love while he is playing his flute. | Source
Ganesh dances with his girfriend
Ganesh dances with his girfriend | Source

Conversations between the Gods and Goddesses

Children have a unique appreciation of God. I discovered this when I first visited India in the 1970's. I was in my 30's and knew nothing about Hinduism. My first impression happened as I was stumbling down a narrow dark alley on a Bombay/Mumbai side street and came across a tiny dark temple. There was great excitement and singing coming from the entry. I entered and saw that a group of teenage boys were pouring milk over the head of a shiny bronze statue. Rubbing the head of the statue and kissing it lovingly. It was the bull Nandi. This great bull is "Shiva's Mount". He is the powerful mystical bull that carries Lord Shiva.The children were singing enthusiastically as they poured the milk and caressing the statue. I was amazed by their ecstasy, and mystified by what I was seeing.

When we travel around the world my partner Marie Belle likes to shop. She is also fascinated by different Gods. Consequently she weighs down both our packs as she brings back various Gods and other pantheistic spiritual figures. Some of these are carved figures like Kyashu Katsing, the Hopi Parrot dancer, purchased in the ancient mesa communities east of Flagstaff Arizona.

Some are cast brass godslike Shiva, the Hindu God of Creation and Destruction, purchased in a dusty little tobacco shop in Bangalore India. When she bought Shiva the large God looked tattered and rusty. But after a good bath all the red color washed away. Shiva had been covered with years of caked red dust.

There is the beautifully carved wooden figure of the reclining Buddha. Marie-Belle found this Buddha hidden on a side shelf in the main post office in Saigon/Ho Chi Min City, South Vietnam.

The Egyptian Gods are moulded in plaster and hand painted. Thot,the Egyptian God of Knowledge and wisdom, has a birds head. He comes from a market in Old Cairo.

WHY are there NO MUSLIM or JEWISH or CHRISTIAN GODS in the Group?

We can never buy Jewish or Muslim Gods since it is forbidden by both Judaism and Islam to make graven images. Christianity does produce many figures of Jesus on the cross, but they don't seem to fit in the God collection. The Christmas creche figures fit into in the God collection.

As a little girl Tay liked to visit gramma Marie-Belle every day and play with the Gods. It was a bit like playing house. Tay arranged the Gods in a circle so they could speak to each other. She set them up in twos and threes so they could have more intimate conversations.

Krishna the God of Love could speak with Kyashu Katsing the Hopi Parrot dancer.

Kyashu could dance and shake his rattle to the music of Krishna's flute.

OMM in the School Class

After a trip to India Marie-Belle came home with more brass Gods. Tay asked if gramma could come to school with some Gods for "Show and Tell." Marie Belle wore her OM T Shirt to school and asked the class:" Do any of you know what OM means?" Their response was surprising to Marie-Belle. Immediately all the kids assumed the lotus position and with eyes closed chanted OMMMM. Marie Belle was amazed that this yoga practice had been learned so well at the Roberts Creek public elementary school since she was just learning about Om in her senior years.


Tay Has a Question

Tay and Shiva who is dancing on the demon
Tay and Shiva who is dancing on the demon | Source
Buddah discusses mindfulness with Hanuman
Buddah discusses mindfulness with Hanuman | Source
Shiva talks with Buddha
Shiva talks with Buddha | Source
Tay introduces Thot to Krishna
Tay introduces Thot to Krishna | Source
Thot discusses love with Krishna. But which one is the real G O D???
Thot discusses love with Krishna. But which one is the real G O D??? | Source

They like to talk to each other and make friends.

Tay Plays House with the Gods

When she was young Tay enjoyed playing house with the Gods. For several years. Buddha lord of compassion and rebirth spoke with Hanuman the superman servant of Shiva. Shiva the dancing God of Creation and Destruction spoke with Buddha, Thot God of Knowledge met Krishna God of Love, and Saraswati discussed education and knowledge with Thot. The reclining Buddha checked out Durga who is the Holy Mother Goddess of the Earth and Goddess of Destruction.

TAY has a QUESTION

One day Tay came home from grade one with a question for her gramma.

"Gramma, which one is the Real God?" asked Tay.

Marie-Belle was a little stumped.

"Umm, er , well there are many ideas about God and different people think different things.

Some Hindu people worship Shiva and Christians think Jesus is the one God. Then there are the Buddhists who worship Buddha."

Tay was fidgeting. She was getting impatient. She didn't want a theology lecture.

"No gramma. That's not what I'm asking. "

"What do you want to know Tay?'

Which one is the one

that you spell G O D ???"

Marie Belle chooses Durga

Marie-Belle chose this lovely silver medallion of Durga to wear on her hike in the Himalayas.
Marie-Belle chose this lovely silver medallion of Durga to wear on her hike in the Himalayas. | Source
Durga is also known as Kali. She is Goddess of Destruction and also Rebirth. Sort of like the Earth Mother or the Kwakiutl  Goddess T'snoqua.
Durga is also known as Kali. She is Goddess of Destruction and also Rebirth. Sort of like the Earth Mother or the Kwakiutl Goddess T'snoqua. | Source
Marie Belle and me before she got black tongue.
Marie Belle and me before she got black tongue. | Source
After a while her tomgue turned pink again
After a while her tomgue turned pink again

Marie-Belle gets Black Tongue from Durga

Adults also have confusing ideas of Gods and their powers.When we started our second trip to the Himalayas Marie-Belle wanted to buy a Goddess charm for her symbol of the trip. She decided to get a silver necklace pendant of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. We looked for Lakshmi but could only find a small silver medallion of Durga/Kali riding on her lion. Durga and her other incarnation Kali are Supreme Earth Mothers. However they are also destroyers and Kali has a black tongue because she killed and ate her children.

Up at a lovely hillside village the altitude was about 8,000 feet and Marie-Belle started feeling sick to her stomach. We fed her Pepto Bismo and she stopped eating. She was drinking a lot of hot lemon when suddenly she noticed her whole tongue on all sides had turned black as coal. It was gross. We thought Marie Belle might be dying.Maybe we should try to call for a rescue helicopter.

"Quickly, take off the Durga charm," I said, and called my friend Doctor Reshma who is a psychiatrist in Delhi.

" Reshma Marie-Belle is sick and her tongue has turned black."

"You are lucky that before I was a psychiatrist I was an internist" said Reshma.

"Black tongue in itself is not so serious. But she probably has altitude sickness so get her down as fast as possible."

We hiked out, called a taxi, and descended. Marie-Belle's tongue turned grey then dull pink. She recovered.

When we were back in civilization she Googled "black tongue". It is caused by: bubonic plague, or imminent death, or a combination of Pepto Bismo and lemon juice.


Enlightened Animals???

Roxy is cute but probably not and enlightened animal
Roxy is cute but probably not and enlightened animal | Source
Another lively but not enlightened animal
Another lively but not enlightened animal | Source

Enlightened Animals

One of the largest and most famous temples in South India is the Madurai Temple. A wise old woman in Vancouver once told me "Go to Madurai. All of India is there."

In the Madurai temple crowds of visitors: devotees, families on vacation, children, tourists stare and worship. There are chambers and shrines that go on forever containing hundreds of wonderful stone sculptures: dancing women , elephants and many incarnations of the Gods. There are spectacular gigantic brass figures of Dancing Shiva. There are holy dancing elephants that will bless you if you give them a coin. But one of my favorite parts of the Madurai temple is a dim back corner of the museum section. There I found plaster figures of animals which had achieved enlightenment. There was a Holy wise cow, an enlightened dog, a holy peacock, even a chicken which had achieved enlightenment.

I sometimes think of those peaceful enlightened animals when Tay's lively dogs are chewing up my running shoes, stealing the cell phone, or barking at deer at 3 am.

More Great STORIES and Pictures OF HINDU GODS


My following hubs may interest you:

"Sunny South Tour" you will learn how you can easily see South India and meet a lot of Gods.

"Shiva Creator and Destroyer" This hub tells some of the ways the Hindu God Shiva has influenced me.

For more about Egypt check out

Visiting Egypt-Cairo

SHIVA GOD of DANCE

Shiva dancing on the demon
Shiva dancing on the demon | Source

books about Hindu Gods

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marshacanada 5 years ago from Vancouver BC Author

Many Thanks for your information about the Mahabharta and Ramayana upal 18. I have only heard a very few of the stories and did not know about Ravan the villain and the patriot.


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upal19 5 years ago from Dhaka

Hindu religious books such as Mahabharata and Ramayana are full of stories. Michael Madhusudan Dutt, a Bengali poet has written Ramayana in epic form. Ravan's character in Ramayana is a villain but in Michael's epic you'll find Ravan as a patriotic hero. I've read them all and those are so interesting and surpassing too.


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marshacanada 5 years ago from Vancouver BC Author

Thanks very much for your comments Upal19. I am sure you also know some great stories. Hindu philosophies,rituals,art, sculpture, and architecture and literature are unsurpassed.


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upal19 5 years ago from Dhaka

Very nice. I enjoyed it too much. So many interesting stories are there in Hinduism. It's a great religion. Thanks for sharing the nice pictures.


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marshacanada 5 years ago from Vancouver BC Author

Hi Multiman-many thanks for your comment. We were relieved it was not caused by Kali nor the plague nor other imminent death situations.


Multiman 5 years ago

Thank G O D it was not the plague! :-) Great Article Voted Up!


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marshacanada 5 years ago from Vancouver BC Author

Thanks for your comment Fay Paxton. I still take Pepto Bismo if I need it-But I don't wash it down with lemonaide.


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

What a fascinating hub, Marsha. Thank you so much for sharing your adventures. No Pepto Bismol for me.

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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

We still have much to learn from the gods and goddesses Interesting hub, Marsha!


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marshacanada 5 years ago from Vancouver BC Author

Many thanks for your kind comments Jeannieinabottle and mbtreat.We can learn a lot from the Gods and never forget to avoid that black tongue combination.


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mbtreat 5 years ago

I love the way the various religions overlap and that all cultures seem to need to create some rationale to govern our existence.

"Which one is the REAL God?" They all are!

This is a wonderful story.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

This is a great hub! And I also learned never to take Pepto Bismal and drink lemon juice at the same time.


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marshacanada 5 years ago from Vancouver BC Author

Yes HattieMattieMae, if only we people could talk in a good way instead of killing each other. I love your name HattieMattieMae. Thanks for reading my hub.


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HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

If only people got along like the Gods and talked in a good way! Wouldn't that be something! No wars! lol Well minus the black tongue!


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marshacanada 5 years ago from Vancouver BC Author

Many Thanks for your comment Monisajda.I Wish I had taken a photo when Marie-Belles tongue was totally black on all sides-but I was too freaked out.

Nice to know you have Shiva and his Son Ganesh-also one of my great favorites.


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Monisajda 5 years ago from my heart

I did enjoy this hub. What a story, especially that part about bubonic plague, imminent death, or a combination of Pepto Bismo and lemon juice. I happen to have Shiva dancing in the ring of fire, my favorite and Ganesh.

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