The Many Faces of Kali


  • David Nelson



Neo-Paganism, creative consciousness, Kali, divine creative ideation


… as manifestations of the divine creative ideation, we are created in the divine image. At the same time, we carry that same creative consciousness within and use it to create our own images of divinity according to our needs or understanding


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John R. Lukacs, “‘The Osteological Paradox’ and the Indus Civilization: Problems Inferring Health from Human Skeletons at Harappa,” in From Sumer to Meluhha: Contributions to the Archaeology of South and West Asia in Memory of George F. Dales, Jr., ed. Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, Wisconsin Archaeological Reports, vol. 3 (Madison: Prehistory Press, 1994).

Rachel Fell McDermott, “The Western Kali,” in Devi: Goddesses of India, ed. John Stratton Hawley and Donna Marie Wulff (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996).

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Swami Vivekananda, In Search of God and Other Poems. (Calcutta: Advaita Ashrama, 1968).

Marion Woodman and Elinor Dickson, Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness. (Boston: Shambala, 1996).



How to Cite

Nelson, D. (2020). The Many Faces of Kali. Pomegranate, 26–38.