Kali

From 1d4chan

Kali is a Hindu goddess in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Called "Destructrix" (sometimes Parvati) she actually sees more veneration than Shiva. Some of her more-... enthusiastic followers joined the Thugee movement in India, basically Indian Assassins; although some Muslims joined as well. Either way the Brits and local authorities (often Muslim) put a brutal end to that shit.

"A fanged maw with a long coiling tongue lapping up drops of blood", according to Reddit. Based. So, so based. Advise not to put your dick in it, though.

Hinduism is a diverse phenomenon, we must stress; how this or that god is viewed will depend on one's location and on one's specific approach to the gods. Much as the Satan in Judaism could sometimes be God's prosecuting angel or an ex-angel, depending on the source; so with Hinduism, Kali might be a natural force of life and death, or the vengeful monster of the Thugs.

/tv/ Relevance[edit]

Naturally a goddess on the negative side of the ledger, in non-Hindus' storytelling, is going to be an antagonist. Temple of Doom was the least of it.

Dungeons & Dragons[edit]

Kali
Skull
Aliases The Black Mother
Alignment Chaotic Evil
Divine Rank Intermediate Goddess
Pantheon Indian
Portfolio Death, life
Home Plane Caverns of the Skull (Abyss)
Worshippers Assassins, murderers

Kali rules at least one layer on The Abyss. Rick Swan described layer 500 in Tales of the Outer Planes, a jungle like Demogorgon's but India-themed. Late in 2e, Planescape gave her another layer, this one more cave-themed, we guess because the Temple of Doom generation had forgotten that the movie was easily the weakest in the series (up to the 1990s) and wanted to adventure somewhere like it.

The Historical Deities of Dungeons and Dragons
Leader(s) Others
Anglo-Saxon: Nerthus Eostre - Hred - Ing - Mannus - Thunor - Tir - Woden
Aztec: Ometeotl Camazotz - Chalchihuitlicue - Chitza-Atlan - Cihuacoatl - Coatlicue
Huhueteotl - Huitzilopochtli - Hurakon - Mictlantecuhtli - Quetzalcoatl
Tezcatlipoca - Tlaloc - Tlazoteotl - Tonatiuh - Xipetotec
Babylonian: Anu Anshar - Druaga - Girru - Ishtar - Marduk - Nergal - Ramman
Celtic: The Daghdha Arawn - Belenus - Brigantia - Cernunnos - Diancecht - Dunatis - Goibhniu - Lugh
Manannan mac Lir - Math Mathonwy - Morrigan - Nuada - Oghma - Silvanus
Chinese: Shang-ti Chih-Nii - Chung Kuel - Fu Hsing - K'ung Fu-tzu - Kuan Yin - Kuan-ti
Lao Tzu - Lei Kung - Liu - Lu Hsing - Lu Yueh - Shou Hsing
Sung Chiang - Tou Mu - Yen-Wang-Yeh
Egyptian: Ra Anubis - Anhur - Apshai - Apep - Bast - Bes - Geb - Hathor - Imhotep - Isis
Nephthys - Nut - Osiris - Ptah - Seker - Set - Shu - Sobek - Tefnut - Thoth
Finnish: Ukko Ahto - Hiisi - Ilmatar - Loviatar - Mielikki - Surma - Tuonetar - Tuoni - Untamo
Greek: Zeus Aphrodite - Apollo - Ares - Ariadne - Artemis - Athena - Cronus - Demeter
Dionysus - The Furies - Gaea - Hades - Hecate - Hephaestus - Hera
Hercules - Hermes - Hestia - Nike - Pan - Poseidon - Rhea - Tyche - Uranus
Hindu: Brahama Agni - Brihaspati - Kali - Indra - Karttikeya - Lakshmi - Mitra
Puchan - Ratri - Rudra - Sarasuati - Savitri - Siva - Soma
Tvashtri - Ushas - Varuna - Vayu - Vishnu - Yama
Japanese: Izanagi & Izanami Amaterasu - Ama-Tsu-Mara - Amatsu-Mikaboshi - Hachiman - Ho Masubi
Inari - Kishijoten - Kura Okami - Nai No Kami - O-Kuni-Nushi - O-Wata-Tsu-Mi
Raiden - Shichifukujin - Shina-Tsu-Hiko - Susanoo - Tsuki-Yomi
Norse: Odin Aegir - Balder - Bragi - Forseti - Frey - Freya - Frigga - Heimdall
Hel - Hermod - Idun - Loki - Magni - Modi - Njord - Odur - Sif - Skadi
Surtr - Thor - Thrym - Tyr - Uller - Vidar
Sumerian: Enlil Inanna - Ki - Nanna-Sin - Nin-Hursag - Utu