EXERCISE Myth-take Challenge #16

Discussion in 'REFINING WRITING' started by Lstorm, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. Myths and legends could be said to be the prototypes of modern novels. They are stories in their own right, tales that were passed on for generations. Even today, some elements from the old myths remain in our stories and occasionally, they serve as inspiration.

    This week’s mythical element is: Shiva

    In Hindu mythology, Shiva is one of the most important deities. His name means "the destroyer" or "the transformer" and in Hindu religion, he is considered to be one Hindu trinity, the five forms of God, and he even has his own religion centred around him, Shivaism. He is a mysterious, dual entity who is depicted paradoxically at times as both a positive and a negative deity. He is often associated with destruction and terror, but he is also associated with honor and brilliance. He is depicted as an ascetic meditator and a householder, two roles which are considered mutually exclusive in Hindu society. In accordance with this, he is also seen as a teacher of yoga, or meditation, but also as a teacher of music. He is truly a complex entity who has many aspects and faces.

    Your challenge is to write a story that incorporates your own take on this mythical element. The genre and setting of the story does not matter as long as the element remains recognisable.