The only reading I have done formally on the Hindu religion or deities is of the Bhagavad Gita. Can you point to any good books you could recommend on the subject? I know there is probably more reading material on Hinduism than one could shake a limb at, so I could literally start anywhere, but it’s always fun to read what others have enjoyed most from a body of material.
Let me send you a a personal message about it.
This is very intersting as your buddy didn't have any memory of Hindu religion yet had the experience of Kali. I'm curious what about the large black piece explained the presence of Kali?
Other cultures will often come up in intense experiences. Buddy of mine met Kali on DMT one time but had no previous knowledge of the Hindu religion. But she was even doing the dance of creation holding severed heads and turned into a serpent all traits of hers. It was undeniable who it was after he started searching about it. Ironically enough the misses has a huge back piece that would've explained it had we known what he had saw at the time. Point is don't get hung up on religious figures as they can all pop up even if we don't feel we relate to them.
Kali is a form of Adi Para Shakti the divine feminine of creation from Hinduism, Another manifestation of Adi Para Shakti is the Ganges river from India, intersting both Kali and Ganges are affiliated with Shiva, the god of consciousness and the destroyer. Shiva is an ascetic whom meditates in the creamation grounds, that is why his skin looks white, the ash of human remains. If interested I have a special myth of Adi Para Shakti I read in a book I would be willing to share and see if it relates to any forms you've encountered Kali in.
I would love to hear it! While I personally haven't experienced her I will send a link to my buddy so he can read. That experience seemed to really make an impact on him.
And it was a large BACK piece as in a tattoo. My ol lady has a full back tattoo of Kali
Adi Para Shakti was born first and was the only being in the universe. Once she went through puberty she decided she wanted to create herself a husband. So she created Brahma (the creator) Vishnu (the preserver) and Shiva (the destroyer) who were created from Adi Para Shakti's Shakti (the female energy). The three Devas (god [while Adi Para Shakti is Devi goddess]) were created sleeping. She went and awoke Brahma and he said Ama (mother), knowing that Brahma couldn't see Adi Para Shakti for anything more as mother she realized he was not husband material. She then went and awoke Vishnu, who like Brahma, called out Ama! Frustrated that the first two men she created could not percieve her more than mother she went to her final creation Shiva. When awoken Shiva looked into Adi Para Shakti and said Eme (the word for wife), feeling relieved that she had someone who she thought was husband material she wiped the sweat off of her forehead, that sweat fell down unto earth and created the first people.
Shiva and Adi Para Shakti got to talking about becoming husband and wife. Shiva said "Adi Para Shakti you're Shakti is too much for a man to bear, in order for me to be with you I need some of your Shakti" Accepting this Adi Para Shakti gave Shiva her third eye and one of her weapons. Once this happened she sank from the Heavens. Although Shiva had recieved the third eye and Shakti, he continued to trick her out of more of her power. Adi Para sank more and more. Finally she realized that her shakti would always be too much to bear for any Gods or people or space she divided her Shakti across the Earth, as well as into different forms. These forms are the many goddess' of hinduism. Durga wife of Shiva, Pravati wife of Vishnu, MahaKali, Ganga of the Ganges ect are all manifestations of Adi Para Shakti.
This story is a mixture of a South Indian and Tibetan interpretation of the creation myth. Taken from the book "When the World Becomes Female" By Fleuckiger. The book is an anthrolopology study but has a section on the mythos of Adi Para Shakti as well as a manifestation of her called Gangamma. Gangamma is a smallpox Devi who is very very fierce. She is worshiped in a village in south India called Tirupati. Each year the village has festival to Gangamma which last for weeks. The festival includes ritual possession, animal sacrifice as well as cross dressing all things that the ruling caste (the Brahman priest) do not like! The festival is interesting because only a few people are able to worship Gangamma because she is "too much to bear" and if not properly worshiped she will make you ill. However this festival is used to cure smallpox in this regionally poor area that hasn't had acess to western doctors for very long.
Tell the miss' cool tatoo!