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A Sri Lankan Depiction of the Hindu Goddess, Kali
“Her fire burns within us.”
Kali comes to us when we call her for help. She protects us from evil. She destroys evil. If needed, she becomes evil to fight evil.
It’s not her, who comes in material form. It’s her energy that we all carry in us and we can access that energy in case of emergency.
Kali’s destructive and protective energy is universal. She is for everyone – but femininity has a better grasp on drawing out her power.
In times of toxic masculinity in our patriarchal world, she assists everyone who is especially affected by this imbalance. The imbalance of female and male. The dominance of the male. The oppression of the female.
If there is injustice – she has no mercy.
The third eye on the forehead is the eye of the soul and represents awakening and divinity.
Ancient Kandyan bridal jewellery is used to show that Kali also embodies feminine energy, creativity and fertility as an incarnation of Parvati – wife of God Shiva.
The blood dropping out the skull symbolizes the destruction of the ego.
We chose to use a Kasthane, a traditional sinhala sword wield by kings and warriors is because in most depictions Kali is seen holding a curved sword as her main method of punishment is beheading but we wanted make sure all the elements in this concept had Sri Lankan elements to it to truly portray a Sri Lankan depiction of Kali.
Modeled by Deepthi Jayasinghe.
Photography and edits by Tai Hsin Photography.
Don’t tell me what you see, but how you see it. Don’t tell me where your mind had wandered, but how it ventured out into this vastless multi-dimensional space. Tell me how you travelled from stop to stop, from checkpoint to checkpoint, only to land here on this final standstill. This one-dimensional answer is not what I’m looking for, but every turn and every toil you took to get here.
This concept was inspired by The Rorschach Inkblot test. This concept is a memo to myself to look at people not for their opinion but rather their process of perception because the hardest part for me growing up is learning to accept people with their opinions.
Photography & Editing by Ruki Photography
A huge thank you to Yasodhara Pathanjali for guiding my poses and making me feel super comfortable.