" On a larger scale, modern societies increasingly say "Gross, that's disgusting! So if a boy wants to be popular, he needs to stop picking his nose in public, a girl needs to do the same, and if a nation wants to be admired, it needs to stop practicing racism and intolerance. The god of the Bible, Yahweh (Jehovah) never condemned slavery.
Prof Yang, a leading expert on religion in China, believes that number will swell to around 160 million by 2025.
That would likely put China ahead even of the United States, which had around 159 million Protestants in 2010 but whose congregations are in decline.
The worship of a mother goddess as the source of life and fertility has prehistoric roots, but the transformation of that deity into a Great goddess of cosmic powers was achieved with the composition of the Devi Mahatmya (Glory of the goddess), a text of the fifth to sixth century, when worship of the female principle took on dramatic new dimensions.
The goddess is not only the mysterious source of life, she is the very soil, all-creating and all consuming.
Her eyes are red, and her face and chests are besmeared with blood.
She stands with one foot on the thigh, and another on the chest of her husband.
The Hyper Texts Songs and Poems that Changed the World The Most Influential Poems of All Time The Most Influential Songs of All Time Are there songs and poems that helped changed the world for the better? Singers and songwriters who helped change the world for the better include Pete Seeger ("We Shall Overcome," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "If I Had a Hammer"), Woody Guthrie ("This Land Is Your Land"), Billie Holiday ("Strange Fruit"), Paul Robeson ("The Ballad of Joe Hill"), Sam Cooke ("A Change Is Gonna Come"), James Brown ("Say It Loud: I'm Black and I'm Proud"), Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin ("Respect"), John Lennon ("Imagine," "Give Peace a Chance," "Revolution" and "Happy Xmas/War is Over"), George Harrison ("Give Me Love, Give Me Peace on Earth"), Marvin Gaye ("Mercy Mercy Me" and "What's Goin' On?
"), Janis Ian ("Society's Child" and "At Seventeen"), Melanie Safka ("Lay Down"), Jimi Hendrix ("Machine Gun"), Crosby Stills and Nash ("Ohio"), Bruce Springsteen ("Born in the USA"), Bob Marley of the Wailers ("Get Up Stand Up"), Michael Jackson ("Man in the Mirror"), Edwin Starr ("War"), Cat Stevens ("Peace Train"), Helen Reddy ("I Am Woman"), Billy Joel ("Saigon" and "Allentown"), Lady Gaga ("Born this Way"), U2 ("Sunday Bloody Sunday"), Chuck D of Public Enemy ("Fight the Power"), Bob Geldof and Midge Ure ("Do They Know It's Christmas"), and Adam Lambert ("Mad World").
Kali's fierce appearances have been the subject of extensive descriptions in several earlier and modern works.
Though her fierce form is filled with awe- inspiring symbols, their real meaning is not what it first appears- they have equivocal significance: Kali's blackness symbolizes her all-embracing, comprehensive nature, because black is the color in which all other colors merge; black absorbs and dissolves them.
Of course there are many others, but this is a representative list, by way of example.