Shiva is the Hindu god of creation, destruction and rebirth. He is represented here as Shiva Nataraja, the lord of the dance. He dances in a circle of fire while holding the flame of death in one hand and the drum that beats the rhythm of creation in another. His right foot crushes a figure representing ignorance, while his outstretched left foot symbolizes salvation and release from the cycle of rebirth.
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Post by Sarah Coffey, Education Coordinator at the DMA.