Mohini is the only female avatar, or human incarnation, of the Hindu god Vishnu. She is also known as the “goddess of enchantment,” whose seductive powers could drive her lovers to their own doom. It seems that the Prophet Muhammad has also fallen under her spell.
"Love-Jihad" is a conspiracy theory promulgated by far-right Hindu groups, which accuses Muslim men of perpetuating demographic change in India via converting Hindu women with deceitful marriages.
Mayari is a Filipina lunar deity, and the patron goddess of the night, revolution, equality, and strength. Here she is seen revolting against Jesus Christ, whose introduction via Spanish colonization encroached on her right to rule.
Japanese Shinto deities Amaterasu, the sun goddess, and Benzaiten, a water goddess, came together to cast some rainbows in celebration of Pride month! Despite the Japanese government not legally recognizing same-sex marriage, that doesn’t stop these goddesses from expressing their love for one another!
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.
While Benjamin Netanyahu and Ayatollah Khamenei might profess to want to end the regime of the other, the truth is that these leaders desperately need each other to maintain power and relevancy.
Defend Israel by liberating Palestine from Hamas. Defend Palestine by liberating Israel from Likud. Reach out and send love over walls of manufactured hate.