“Although the god Shiva in his non-manifest-being is without physical substance, he contains within him all the powers and all the contraries of sexes and all forms. The instant Shiva doubles, the force of desire takes form, which is the attraction of opposites, and it is of desire that worlds are born. The manifestation of Shiva is represented by the goddess Shakti, and the eternal coupling of the two produces the androgyne, the perfect representation of the divine.”
Keeping a tiger isn’t practical I know. She eats as much as 10 people. She could yank the chain out of my hand hell, she could yank my arm right off. But she hasn’t. She won’t.
I lost a lot, just like everybody else. When it all started to end, I found myself back at the zoo. Shiva was one of the last animals left.
She was trapped, hungry, alone. Like me. She was the last thing left in this world that I loved. She protected me. She got me here, made me larger than life. And I made this place. RIP Shiva ♛
Do not ring the doorbell when visiting a family sitting shiva. Mourners should not be prompted to act as hosts. The door will likely be unlocked. Just walk in. If the door is locked; knock lightly, or consider that they may not be open to visitors at that time.
If there are a lot of visitors, try not to stay too long. The shiva home should not become crowded, nor should it be treated as a social function.
Upon entering the shiva home, it’s sometimes customary to take your shoes off (not every community does this,) and keep your voice low and soft. Simply sit with the mourners, and let them set the tone.
Avoid asking how they’re doing. You already know the answer, and they shouldn’t be made to feel the need to pretend they’re okay.
Do not bring flowers; symbols of life are an affront to both the mourning and the deceased. Instead, bring gifts of kosher food. They don’t have to be homemade; store-bought is fine. Also do not bring wine or other types of alcohol; mourners are not to drink during shiva. (Gifts are Ashkenazic; Among Sephardim, visitors do not usually bring gifts.)
Donate (if you can) to a charity or cause the deceased cared about. If you’re unsure of what that might be, ask the family. They may already have a donation fund set up.
Plant a tree in honor of the deceased. There are many websites where you can have a memorial tree planted in almost any location in the world, and they often also send a notification card or email to the family.
Finally! I managed to finish my master degree, so now I‘m able to share my work with you again :) this time it’s my interpretation of Amanos version of Lunafreya! (The one on the Royal Edition cover of FFXV) I actually started with a master study of Frank Weston Bensons painting called „Summer“ but it kinda escalated and so I painted Lunafreya in her Amano dress which has a lot of Shiva elements in it :)
I was a zookeeper.
Shiva - she fell into one of the concrete moats in her exhibit.
It was empty, the vets were on their way, but her leg was ripped open.
She was gonna bleed out.
The sound she made…
She was in so much pain.
I knew the risk.
I had to try.
And I got my shirt up around her leg… saved her life.