Kali and Gauri are the untamed and domestic forms of the Goddess. One is naked, the other fully dressed.One’s hair is unbound. The other’s is tied with a string of flowers. The form that is Durga stands in between, reconciling the two extreme forms.
In Durga sex and violence are disciplined enough to become protective and nourishing but not totally domesticated.
Hence, like Kali, unlike Gauri, Durga’s hair is unbound. But like Gauri, and unlike Kali, Durga is fully dressed.
THE METAPHORICAL USE OF HAIR – Type of Hair & Meaning
Unbound hair – Untamed senses
Tied hair – Tamed senses
Matted hair – Absolutely controlled senses
Plaited hair – Young virgin
Parted hair – Deflowered woman
Unshaved head – Householder
Partially shaved head – Part-hermit, Part-householder
Fully shaved head – Hermit
Inspired by Dr.Devdutt Pattanaik – A Decoding of Hindu Mythology
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