Sunday, January 27, 2008
In the Kali yantra, the goddess is represented by the eight-petalled lotus, which stand for the eight elements : earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intellect and ego-sense.
Picture of Eight-Petalled Lotus with OM in its center is courtesy of Ben Piven from Flickr
Photo is courtesy of Hayim Shtayer who bought this figurine in the Jewish Ethiopian community of Chatzrot Yasaf, caravan site in northern Israel, which was dismantled afterwards. The Lion of Judah and the six-pointed star are emblems of former Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie, therefore it is not clear if the artist made this figurine because he was Ethiopian or because he was Jewish.