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  1. 1. Group 3: Gods of Hinduism and their Involvement In Literature Kari H, Emily M, Hunter H, Tony L
  2. 2. Hindu Gods <ul><li>Trinity: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brahma “The Creator” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vishnu “The Preserver” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shiva “The Destroyer” </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Brahma <ul><li>BEGINNING: </li></ul><ul><li>Grew in lotus flower on Vishnu’s navel </li></ul><ul><li>Created the universe </li></ul><ul><li>Had to make himself into a goddess, half man, half woman </li></ul><ul><li>Woman known as Gayatri and Saraswati </li></ul><ul><li>RESPONSIBLE FOR: </li></ul><ul><li>Changing night to day, day to night </li></ul><ul><li>The four Vedas—sacred Hindu writings/teachings—from his four heads </li></ul><ul><li>(Heads appeared when Gayatri tried to escape from Brahma’s sight as she was embarrassed by his love for her, one head was lost when Brahma lied to Vishnu, which angered Shiva) </li></ul><ul><li>ALSO: </li></ul><ul><li>Ten sons born from his mind </li></ul><ul><li>Nine body born sons </li></ul>(www.artoflegendindia.com)
  4. 4. VISHNU <ul><li>Husband of Lakshmi: goddess of wealth </li></ul><ul><li>Embodiment of mercy </li></ul><ul><li>Maintains order, Dharma </li></ul>
  5. 5. Shiva <ul><li>APPEARANCE: </li></ul><ul><li>-often covered in snakes (symbol of immortality) </li></ul><ul><li>-carries multiple weapons </li></ul><ul><li>-Often has five heads, three eyes </li></ul>
  6. 6. KRISHNA <ul><li>8 th Incarnation of Vishnu </li></ul><ul><li>Embodiment of love and joy </li></ul><ul><li>Brought up by cowherds </li></ul><ul><li>Loved to play flute and seduce village girls as a child </li></ul>
  7. 7. Little Krishna
  8. 8. LAKSHMI <ul><li>Goddess of light, beauty, and wealth </li></ul><ul><li>When the gods first saw Lakshmi, they all fell in love with her beauty </li></ul><ul><li>Shiva claimed her, but her hand was given to Vishnu, whom Lakshmi preferred </li></ul><ul><li>Reborn as Vishnu’s spouse each time Vishnu was reincarnated </li></ul><ul><li>Often seen massaging Vishnu’s feet on coils of snakes </li></ul>
  9. 10. RATRI <ul><li>Goddess of night </li></ul><ul><li>Provides rest and offers safety during night </li></ul><ul><li>Can bring gloom and barrenness </li></ul><ul><li>Replaced Lakshmi as the goddess of love </li></ul>
  10. 11. How the Gods Impact Literature <ul><li>The gods and goddesses serve as aids to the heroes, and also make the plot more interesting. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I.E.- The Mahabharata, Krishna is one of the main characters, and he helps those in battle. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Ramayana is another example where the gods help the mortals. </li></ul></ul>

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