Matangi Mahavidya Print

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Matangi Mahavidya Print

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Full color 7"X7" print on Somerset Velvet paper. Signed and numbered.

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In orthodox Hinduism creativity and the arts are personified by the goddess Saraswati. Matangi, the 9th Mahavidya, is sometimes called the "tantric Saraswati." She rules the same area: inspiration, creativity, and the arts (especially writing and music) but in all other ways she is Saraswati's polar opposite. Whereas Saraswati is pure, chaste, and heavenly, Matangi is gritty, wild, and earthly. She lives in the forest and is often described as sweaty, with "intoxicated eyes." She takes the form of a girl from the chandala caste, dark-skinned tribals considered filthy in orthodox society, in part because they eat meat. She is associated with filth, refuse, transgressive behavior, and the lower classes of society. Traditionally she is offered the leftovers from a ritual, the "polluted" food, which explains another one of her names: Ucchista Chandali — "ucchista" means leftovers, "chandali" refers to her low-caste status. Like Bagalamukhi she is often worshipped by those who wish to attain magical powers, especially those to do with attracting or enticing other people. She is an enchantress.