Did you know that there’s no such thing as “stomach flu”? The unpleasant experience that goes by that name is actually gastroenteritis, caused either by bad food or an assortment of bacteria and viruses that aren’t the ones that cause the flu. Is this something I’ve been thinking about a fair amount today? Oh, yes.
So no new art today, but please have a god riding on a crocodile:This is Varuna, the Hindu god of the Celestial Ocean. He is a god of the sky and the water, and also of law and the Underworld. His mount is Makara the Crocodile. This image was painted in Rajasthan between 1675 and 1700, and is currently in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Makara really looks like he is fired up in this illustration, which looks like it might be from an illuminated manuscript. He’s a crocodile with a purpose. Varuna has places to go and people to see, and Makara is going to get him there. (And I love the little curly bit at the end of his tail.)
(image via tumblr. see more of what I’m looking at on the Coelacanth Gallery.)