Reclaiming #Mahishasura as a #Adivasi hero.
Did you know there is a community called the Asur in Bengal and several other Adivasi communities in India who consider Mahishasura as a benevolent king?
#AdiVasi #Dalit #Bahujan - an alternative #indegenous narrative....on the myth of #Mahishaasura.
If you were brought up as a Hindu or a person who is interested in the cultural heritage of the subcontinent including religious beliefs, ancient mythology and art you've most probably come across images of the godess Durga slaying a so-called "demon" - a symbol purported to be good against evil.
Do you know who Mahishaasura is.... and that there an alternative narrative to the celebration of Durga slaying the "demon" king celebrated during #Navaraathri?
Head to the story in our Facebook page to know more or research it yourself to expand your understanding of this complex and controversial cultural, religious and socio-political phenomenon.
On our Sunday #TWDGartandcraft day we present this 19th C painting from the #VictoriaandAlbertMuseum in London
Durga Slaying Mahishasura.
Place of origin: Kolkata
Date: 1855 -1860
Part of an album, containing 196 prints, paintings and pen and pencil drawings, together with 37 loose pages of paintings, calligraphic drawings, and outline pen drawings. The album was presented to the Museum by #RudyardKipling.
#Calcutta (#Kolkata) was recognised as the capital of #BritishIndia from 1833-1912. By the 1830s, artists had arrived from rural villages in #Bengal and began to produce paintings that reflected the history, #mythology, customs and conflicts of a colonised society. These artists are recognised for their use of brilliant colour, simplified images and swift brushstrokes that became the hallmark of #KalighatPainting in the 19th and early 20th century.
#TWDGreligion #religion #Hindu #hinduism #colonialism #hindumythology #brahminism #goddess #hindugoddess
Info about artwork and image: V&A Museum