DAILY PHOTO: Shiva at Nrityagram

Taken on August 8, 2015 at Nrityagram.

Taken on August 8, 2015 at Nrityagram

I’m a neophyte with respect to Hindu iconography–plus I read no Indian languages, so I may be wrong about this being a Shiva. Shiva is usually depicted clean-shaven, but I’ve seen bearded images. I mostly based my conclusion on the tiger skin (or stylized representation thereof) that he’s sitting on, which is often associated with Shiva.

Shiva is part of the Hindu trinity, which also includes Brahma (the creator) and Vishnu (the sustainer.)  This leaves Shiva, the destroyer.

If you’re someone who actually knows about such things, and know I’m wrong, please drop me a comment to let me know.

 

DAILY PHOTO: Bangkok’s Big Swing

Taken in September of 2014 in Bangkok

Taken in September of 2014 in Bangkok

This swing is located outside Bangkok’s Wat Suthat. It’s due west of the grand palace in an area north of the heart of little India and northwest of the heart of Chinatown, but very much in an area that reflects a blending of these cultures.

The swing is of Hindu origins. There’s a swing ceremony that reenacts events surrounding Shiva’s descent to Earth at Bramha’s behest. The ceremony involves people trying to snatch a satchel of coins off a pillar by swinging to it.