Shiva is one of the 3 gods of trimurti with Brahma and Vishnu: he represents the destroyer but also the regenerator, the liberator, the beneficial.
One of the stories of Shiva Rudra
Shiva has more than 1000 names as well as many forms: Shambhu the beneficent, Pashupati, Mahayogi… Here Shiva is represented in a very old form which goes back to the Vedic times. Brahma, the creator fathered his daughter, Saraswati with whom he fell in love. To escape her, she turned into an antelope and Brahma did the same to catch her. To avoid this crime of incest, the gods created Rudra, in order to kill Brahma: Shiva-Rudra represents the violent action necessary even if it is “impure”, that which will allow to maintain Dharma (the order of the world) . Shiva is thus the one who transforms poison into a benefit.
In this form, it also symbolizes the sacrificial aspect: sacrifice allows to free ourselves from the bonds which keep us in ignorance, in an interior prison. He is also named, in this context, Pashupati, the guardian of the sacrificial herds (and he is called upon to spare the cattle, not to cast spells on them).
He is honored in the mountains, by tribal peoples, especially in the initiation rites of young men: he represents what is wild, nature, what is untamed, the obscure aspect, the hidden side, not visible, dark and which by sacrifice (symbolically) will be mastered. He then becomes "The healer".
In India, all those who are on the fringes of society also honor him: thieves, outcasts, butchers ...
Shiva is therefore at the same time terrible, destructive and beneficial, the union of opposites: manifested / unmanifested - masculine / feminine - darkness / light… ..
This statuette of Shiva symbolizes: the primitive force in the service of liberation
Tribal statue representing Shiva Rudra as a totem reminding everyone of the primordial force of Shiva.
Standing, in the posture so-called Samabhanga, without bending, attitude of the pillar, immutable. The arms straight along the body, in a rigid attitude. Shiva is recognizable by the two cobras which are positioned on each side of his ears and descend along his back. The serpent
: here the cobra, is a symbol of regeneration and latent energy (Shakti): Shiva symbolizes the forces necessary to transform the poison into purifying energy.
Shiva, naked, symbolizes the stripping characteristic of the ascetic. Many faces adorn the whole body: they represent the omnipresence of Shiva: everywhere present, immanent and transcendent.
No jewelry except a few discreet bracelets and necklaces that reinforce the aspect of renunciation.
The gods never touch the ground: the earth is the domain of beings of flesh and blood.