When we think about getting in touch with religion, it’s not always about reimagining our relationship with the deity (or deities) we serve. The great thing about being a Hindu is that our relationship with our gods stems from mythologies and stories, which is pretty awesome considering that you get to pray to a Goddess of Birth and Destruction once a year. The somewhat-unfortunate thing is that nowadays, Hindu kids in the U.S, or even outside of India, don’t really get exposed to these myths and tales of the divine.
I will continuously point out that most school curriculums (In the Western world) teach way too much Greek and Roman mythologies, and not enough about Asian or other lesser-known pagan ones. Of course, there is nothing wrong with Ancient Greek and Roman epics (heck, I was a big fan of those and Egyptian mythologies in particular. Still kind of am), but leaving out one of the oldest and still vastly-practiced polytheistic religions from a social studies textbook is a big fat shame.
So I decide to start at phase one, asking myself the question: How can I make some of the gods I know more familiar (and fun) to not only those kids, but anyone who wants to learn about them? Continue reading