Sunday, May 6, 2007

Shopping at the local Target

I stopped in to the local Target store and come out with this:

As you can see the statue is a representation of the Goddess Parvati (Uma)

I wasn't able to find a lot about her but here is some of what I did find

"Parvati's name, which means "she who dwells in the mountains" or "she who is of the mountain, identify her with mountainous regions. She was the daughter of Himavat (Lord of the mountains) and his queen Mena.
Parvati is the power and consort of Siva, the god of disintegration and destruction. A majority of goddesses of Hinduism are aspects and variations of Parvati. She is known by different names like Uma, Gauri, Kali, Durga, Haimavati etc.

Wife of the Hindu god Shiva. Parvati is the benevolent aspect of Shakti, the Hindu supreme goddess (see Shaktism). According to the traditional account of her marriage, she won Shiva's notice only after severe ascetic discipline. The couple had two children, the elephant-headed Ganesha and the six-headed Skanda. In sculpture Parvati is always depicted as a mature and beautiful woman. The sacred Tantras are framed as a discussion between Parvati and Shiva"

I had about given up on finding out more when I happened upon Owl's Wings where Beth had just posted about her a few days ago. I hope you will stop in and read what she learned. If anyone out there knows why the statue I bought is headless and armless please let me know. I could find no significance for it other than Targets idea of ancient art in a discount store.

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Blogger Sacred Suzie said...

It is a tad disturbing that she has no head but perhaps they are trying to make it seem like it's a real ancient treasure that was discovered broken that way?

Regardless, I love the Goddess element to her and she really feels like she'd love to be in a yoga studio or a place of meditation.

May 6, 2007 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger Meow said...

I have seen replicas of this statue before, but don't really know much about her.
She is beautiful, though.
Take care, Meow

May 6, 2007 at 9:45 PM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

I love the statue. Can't shed any light on why she's headless and armless though.

May 7, 2007 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

This looks like something I would buy.

May 7, 2007 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger SiouxSue said...

Wow. Very interesting.

May 7, 2007 at 10:22 PM  

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