Goa: But Not Gone

Indians must have loved the gods: they made so many of them. Shanta Durga is a ten-handed goddess revered by the 400,000 Hindus in the former Portuguese enclave of Goa. Bhaväni is a ten-handed goddess considered to be the source of all power in the neighboring Indian state of Maharashtra. Last week Bhaväni and Shanta Durgá tried to join hands. Carried by Hindu nationalists, images of the two goddesses were paraded through the streets of scores of Goan villages, together with posters proclaiming: "After 450 years, Bhaväni wills to be reunited with...

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