Weekly Features

The Weekly Shaman

Among the Hindus the mouth of August was a time to honor the popular deity, Ganesha. Ganesha stans apart as having the head of an elephant. The Festival of Ganesha was held during the August full moon. According to the legend Ganesha was a handsome young warrior who was made from clay and created to replace the deceased son of Parvati.  Parvati suffered from such grief ghat the god Siva who instructed Parvati how to create a new son. But other deities who were jealous of Parvati said Ganesha was created from an illicit affair. In a jealous rage Siva beheaded Ganesha. When the truth was revealed, and Siva realized her wrongdoing she instructed Parvati to take the head of the first creature she encountered to replace the one he decapitated. The first such animal was the noble elephant which was placed on the neck of Ganesha. Ganesha was well known as a god of kindness and wisdom; the followers of Ganesha would prepare for the festival by bathing early and gathering the various devices for celebrating the scared day. The many statues of Ganesha would be decorated with flowers. Ganesha is also a deity of the crossroads linking her to thresholds and decision making. Like the Greek Hecate, Ganesha as sometimes depicted as being triple form having three faces. Ganesha’s three faces links it to the crossroads and the three phase of the moon. Ganesha’s being a deity of the crossroads made him a deity connected to travelers on long journeys. By t the way the August full moon is on the 30th of this year. And so, it goes.