Naturally, there are plenty of Indians offended by this art but I’m not one of them. My only quibble is the blond hair, which just doesn’t work with the blue skin.
I’m curious how many other Indian-Americans out there just thought that our gods & goddesses were kooler than Jesus (see what I did there – besides dating myself…). Walking on water is pretty cool; so is parting the Red Sea. Turning water into wine didn’t sound cool until I hit college.
But our gods could disintegrate you with one glance from their third eye (Shiva). Or throw lightning bolts (Indra). Or just kick-ass in combat (Durga). Super strength was a given; so was the ability to increase in size as needed.
We had multiple arms (Kali, Durga), often with weapons. Invulnerability. The ability to grant luck/good fortune (Lakshmi, Ganesh). And be a font of straight-up destruction (Kali, Shiva).
Plus – we had the monkey god Hanuman, who could fly, had super strength (he once brought back a whole mountain when he couldn’t figure out which herb he was looking for) and was a walking encyclopedia.
And – joy of joys – I just googled, looking for a picture of Hanuman and found that his story has been animated using the original Amar Chitra Katha style – here’s the part where he brings the mountain back:
In case you’re wondering, that’s the sun he’s got stashed in his bogol.
Our deities had superhero powers and I would’ve LOVED to have a Shiva & Kali action figures to play with as a kid. Superman and Wonder Woman have no chance against them – and neither does Jesus.
It’s no wonder I liked superheroes growing up.