Emerson signing the back of the rug we bought

We bought a rug to hang on the wall- it is of the Hindu God Ganesha. Ganesha’s story is below (I got the story from a site explaining Hindu Gods. There are many of them and keeping track of all of them can be daunting,)
The most well-known story is taken from the Shiva Purana. Once, while his mother Parvati wanted to take a bath, there were no attendants around to guard her and stop anyone from accidentally entering the house, so she created an image of a boy out of turmeric paste which she prepared to cleanse her body and infused life into it. Ganesha was born. Parvati ordered Ganesha not to allow anyone to enter the house, so he followed his mother’s orders. After a while Shiva (Parvati’s husband) returned from outside, and as he tried to enter the house, Ganesha stopped him. Shiva was angry at this strange little boy who challenged him. He told Ganesha that he was Parvati’s husband, and demanded that Ganesha let him go in. But Ganesha would not hear of it. Shiva lost his patience and cut off Genesha’s head. When Parvati came out and saw her son dead, she was very angry and sad. She demanded that Shiva restore Ganesha’s life.
Unfortunately, Shiva cut his head off so powerfully that they couldn’t find his head. Parvati was so enraged that she decided to destroy the entire Creation. Lord Brahma, being the Creator, naturally had his issues with this, and pleaded that she reconsider her drastic plan. She said she would, but only if two conditions were met: one, that Ganesha be brought back to life, and two, that he be forever worshipped before all the other gods. She sent Brahma out with orders to bring back the head of the first creature he crosses that is laying with its head facing North. Shiva then sent his celestial armies to find and take the head of whatever creature they happened to find asleep with its head facing north. They found a dying elephant and after its death took its head, attaching the elephant’s head to Ganesha’s body and bringing him back to life. From then on, he was called Ganapathi, head of the celestial armies, and was to be worshipped by everyone before beginning any activity.

You have to hang the rug on the wall because Ganesh is such a sacred image to Hindus. Lennon stepped on it and the guy said, “no, no, no. Ganesh is very special to us.” Lennon looked at him like ‘but it’s a carpet!’


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