Cultural (Mis)Appropriation of Kali’s Rage: A Perspective

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“Salutations be to you, O Narayani, you who have the power of creation, sustentation, and destruction and are eternal. You are the substratum and embodiment of the three gunas. Salutations be to you, O Narayani, O you who are intent on saving the dejected and distressed that take refuge under you. O you, Devi, who remove sufferings of all.” (Devi Mahatmya, 11:11-12)

A few weeks ago during one of the more recent tumultuous periods of American politics, online protesters started to black out their Facebook profiles. In the process, I noticed something rather concerning when I peeked in a discussion on the topic. Continue reading “Cultural (Mis)Appropriation of Kali’s Rage: A Perspective”

Decolonizing [My] Literature, Part I: Asian Courtesans and Folklore

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After reading several articles and reflecting back on my own limited scholarship in South Asian Religion, I had considered the many ways I could approach the prospect of decolonizing our literature; more importantly, how to decolonize mine. This sort of endeavor is both rewarding and challenging in its own right. Continue reading “Decolonizing [My] Literature, Part I: Asian Courtesans and Folklore”

Articles and resources on writing about other cultures, and decolonizing literature

In the process of modifying and editing my novel, I have been doing some research on some concepts that are relatively universal for stories while trying to slowly get away from a purely West-centric worldview. My original world setting will invariably be a hybrid setup, but I want to make sure while doing this, I have some not-human, while not-Western mythological inspired creatures done right while still connecting people to some familiar things. Continue reading “Articles and resources on writing about other cultures, and decolonizing literature”

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