Kali Vanquishes the Demon Army
2002, acrylic on canvas, 26 x 26", by Jenny Badger Sultan
When I got back home I researched the story. It’s very complex, but when the gods were losing their battle with the demonic asuras, the Goddess Durga was born from the combined energies of the male deities. She battled fiercely and then Kali emanated from her brow and defeated the demon Raktabija by absorbing his blood with her tongue, since any time a drop of his blood fell on the ground new demons would emerge.
The battle was won and Kali-Durga disappeared from the battlefield, promising to return in time of need. Ajit Mookerjee in “Kali, The Feminine Force” writes "...the feminine action in the cosmic drama is without retentive, ego-seeking ambition."
I was very impressed by this attitude, so very different from the warring energies that were being unleashed by 9/11, in Afghanistan, and soon in Iraq.