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Ziva is slavic pagan goddess –  a mythical character who represents life and fertility.

i recently read about Ziva considering the Indian cricket captain MS Dhoni named his first child as Ziva.

ziva4 In general, there is an opinion that the Slavic mythology is probably obscured by Christian faith.

Ziva was often depicted naked, holding apples in one hand (like Eve from the Abrahamic myths), and grapes or strawberries or wheat in another. The apples she possessed, were said to shine a brilliant gold.

Živa was above all the goddess of water. In the consciousness of people she represented the concept of life, personified by water. She was their first “goddess”, even before mother Earth, who rules when the spread of agriculture follows.

Interestingly, there are lot of research to explore the connection between shiva, the Hindu God and ziva.



U is for Uma in #atozchallenge

Adi_Shakti,_the_Supreme_Spirit_without_attributesThe most powerful incarnation of energy in Hinduism is in the female deity  –   the goddess called by many names –  If you understand the language of Sanskrit, then “Lalitha Sahasra nama” is the one which lists all her 1000 names…..just a simple sample of what kind of powerful goddess we are referring to here.

See the list of 1000 names in the alphabetical order with the English meanings here

1000-names-of-goddess – lalitha-sahasra-nama-with-meaning

Uma is one of her 1000 names.  Being born in a Hindu family, I am completely captivated by the mythological stories of Sakthi, her different forms and the thousands of temples.  Trying to cover her in this short post is crazy –  but if you need to learn more, there are multiple great web pages all over the internet.  Couple of them are here

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