Athena is the Greek goddess of wisdom and war and the namesake of the famed intellectual center of western civilization, Athens. Many of the most famous ancient Greek philosophers were citizens of Athens, and this city of genius and creativity gave birth to revolutionary ideas that went on to compete against religious faith for power and influence.
These ideas and methods were reintroduced to Europe via Arabic translations of once lost ideas. This reintroduction brought about the Renaissance, and eventually the Age of Enlightenment. The defanging of religion throughout the Renaissance created the space for better ideas to flourish. The repurposing of religious imagery and mythology to celebrate ancient ideas from antiquity brought back to life the superior methodologies to obtain knowledge over faith and revelation. Under the guise of promoting religion, concepts like empiricism, sex, and love were celebrated through artistic reinterpretation at the expense of religious values. From there, the Age of Enlightenment was the natural progression that had been held back by religion for hundreds of years. Like the Renaissance, we aim to defang religion through art by secularizing its myths and traditions. We celebrate myth as myth and not as revelations from God. We put our own spin on myths and have fun with these stories in ways no religion can.
After Lord Rama intercepted Allah’s first revelation to the Prophet Muhammad, he decided to introduce his new companion to the joys of “batting for the other team.”
Hindu Goddess Durga is legendary for her motherly spirit and riding a lion into her fierce battles against demons. Here she is seen relaxing with the Prophet Muhammad to celebrate her victory against the forces of evil.
One of the most famous legends of the Hindu Goddess Kali involves her stepping on her husband, Lord Shiva, as he attempted to snap her out of her battle-fueled blind rage. We think this is how that scenario actually played out.
Goddess Kali, the Hindu goddess of time and destruction, and Radha, a deity of love, needed some time away from their husbands. They retreated to their private oasis, a paradise that they created inside a lotus!
Izanami no Mikoto is a Japanese Shinto Goddess of creation and death, who birthed many islands that make up the Japanese chain. Here she is seen participating in shibari, the Japanese art of rope bondage.