The Fierce face of the FeminineChameli Ardagh
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battle, fought with Mahishasura (or Mahisa), the buffalo demon.
Durga became so enraged that her anger burst from her forehead in the form of Kali. Once born, the black goddess went wild and ate all the demons she came across, stringing their heads on a chain which she wore around her neck. It seemed impossible to calm Kali’s bloody attacks, which now extended to any wrongdoers, and both people and gods were at a loss what to do.
Fortunately, the mighty Shiva stopped Kali’s destructive rampage by lying down in her path, and when the goddess realised just who she was standing on, she finally calmed down.
10 Female Revolutionaries that you probably didn't learn About In History Class
"Psychic numbing means never having to feel anything. Refusing such anesthetization and unearthing our passions means facing our emotions, especially those that have been the most anathematized, such as rage, female pride, and self-love. In short, it entails embracing monsters. Lesbian novelist Bertha Harris tells it truly: 'Monsters...express what ordinary people cannot: feeling. Monsters...are emblems of feeling in patriarchy….Monsters [represent] the quintessence of all that is female, and female enraged.
The monster most emblematic of feeling, most communicative of female rage, is the Gorgon. Many people, consumed by fear, simply cannot meet her gaze. Others, steeped in greed, ignorance, fear, and self-loathing, quite frankly want to lose their senses. Rather than look into the Gorgon's all-seeing eye, they turn themselves to stone-that is, they become psychically numb.
Yet those of us who are sick of pretending, denying, suppressing, and repressing our knowledge, our emotions, and our Powers journey to her island of rock and stone and there face a laughing, welcoming, and gorgeous Gorgon. As we do, we turn not to stone, but to sentient flesh, sensual mind, and boiling blood."
-Jane Caputi, Gossips, Gorgons and Crones