The Hindu goddess of death and destruction, consort of Shiva, and the personification of the dark and terrifying forces of Nature. Also known as the Black One, she is often depicted in Indian works of art as a fanged, dark skinned warrioress wearing a necklace of human skulls. She possesses ten arms (sometimes eighteen) and hands that resemble the claws of an animal.
In spite of Kali's gruesome appearance and the association she has with death, disease, and gore, she does possess many benign aspects. She slays evil demons who threaten mankind, offers blessings to those who are loyal to her, and from the death and destruction she brings, springs forth rebirth.
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