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Story of Behula_Folklore of Bengal(India)
This collage is based on Bengali folk story about the wrath of snake goddess Manasa Devi who tormented Chand merchant's family to extract the 'worship' from Chand she needed for being established as a deity.
Chand was a devotee of Shiva and steadfastly refused to bow to pressure Manasa exerted on him.He lost his wealth, reputation and even some of his sons.
Behula, the daughter-in-law of Chand, travelled alone with the dead body of her snake-bitten husband Lakhinder in a make-shift boat, through unknown lands and many hazards, to the heaven and danced to please the gods and 'earned' the life of Lakhinder as the reward.
i quote below the poem I wrote on this collage :
' Behula, dance
Lakhinder's dead body is longing
For you to perform the miracle
To give it back its life
Do you feel his sigh around you?
His unfulfilled passion
His pining for holding you in his arms once more
And many more times.....
The gods are waiting for you
Your supple body in rythmic motion
Streching beyond human limits
Before despair clouds your hope,your determination
Dance Behula dance.'