Island of Jewels: Sikala Shiva and Nishkala Shiva

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Island of Jewels-The Garden of Eden and the Connection between Judeo Christian, Islam and Hindu Religions

Lynn Marie Katerina: It is exciting to look at this image knowing that that’s me.  Could you please explain the symbolism in this iconographic piece of artwork that you made?

Joxua: Sure.  I first came across this image when I was reading a book on symbolism and mythology in Indian art by Heinrich Zimmer and edited by Joseph Campbell posthumously seeing as how Zimmer never published his work in his lifetime.

This piece basically symbolizes the human mind, conscious, subconscious, unconscious and the human psyche; Id, ego and superego.  Shiva’s consort is perched on top of his prone body which is in Shivasana, the corpse pose which is lying on top of a dead body, which is also Shiva.

This is a metaphor for the alchemical marriage; the Judeo-Christian concept of the Garden of…

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