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Manasha (The Goddess of Serpents) by Snehendu Kar

October 2019 - Manasha (The Goddess of Serpents)

About the Image(s)

This collage is made of segments of four images of (1) the torso of a model, (2) a live python {borrowed from a street entertainer on the Santa Monica (CA) beach} wrapped around the neck of the model, ( 3 ) the face of my favorite niece, and (4) a distorted chrysanthemum flower. The collage is made with PHotoshop. The image is inspired by the description of Goddess Manasha in Hindu mythology(see below). A sect of Indian Gypsies (Roma) calls themselves "Sapureys" are traditional snake charmers.
Manasa, goddess of snakes, worshipped mainly in Bengal and other parts of northeastern India, chiefly for the prevention and cure of snakebite and also for fertility and general prosperity. As the protector of children, she is often identified with the goddess Shashti (“the Sixth”; worshipped on the sixth day after birth). The written texts that contain her myth, the Manasa-mangals, date from the 16th“17th century but are probably based on an earlier oral tradition. She is also celebrated in a variety of songs, dances, and dramas in the villages. Manasa may be related to the nagas, legendary half-human, half-cobra figures in India.


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