- Attributes: Goddess of death, of destruction, of rebirth
- Symbols: Serpent, downward red triangle (represents her tongue), human skull
- Place: India
The Goddess Kali may be one of the most mysterious divinities of Hinduism. Often described as “The Devouring Mother“, she is a Goddess who exhibits traces of death and revenge, but also of love and delicacy. She is represented by a woman with dark or bluish skin, showing her tongue, black hair and the face stained by red blood. She has got four or eight arms that carry the weapons of the Gods and a necklace of human skulls around her neck. Sometimes she is seen mounted on a tiger.
The myth of Kali has many variations, but the most accepted origin is that she was created by all the Gods together to fight a demon that threatened the people and the deities themselves.
Viewed as a personification of the Goddess Durga, the Eternal Mother, Kali was armed with the instruments of the other Gods and exterminated the demon, killing him and drinking his blood to restore order to the world.
After the battle ended, euphoric, the Goddess danced over the bodies of the dead and all worlds trembled under the impact of her footsteps. It is told that Shiva, her consort, threw himself among the demons she executed and let himself to be crushed by her in order to bring her back to consciousness and prevent the world from collapsing.
In the pantheon of the Tantric deities Kali is mentioned as one of the 10 great cosmic forces, for she is the one who starts the movement of the wheel of time. As in other myths, Kali is also a Triple Goddess once she governs over the cycle of life, destroying to create again.