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Ganesh For The Lost by BanFia Ganesh For The Lost by BanFia
Along with this art comes a story from my life. This is one of the Hindu God's, Ganesh(Ganapati/Pillaiyar). He is the Lord of Good Fortune who provides prosperity, fortune and success. He is the Lord of Beginnings and the Remover of Obstacles of both material and spiritual kinds.
I don't know a lot about the Hindu religion or it's deities, but here is my story.
Four or five years ago my uncle Adam died. I wasn't devastated because I didn't really know him. He left the state at a young age and I only met him a few times when I was very small. When he died, my grandparents went to his house and gathered his things, and met his boyfriend. I was never told much about him, but when they returned the truth came out. They spoke of how they disowned him years ago because he was gay. They returned with most of his things, including nearly 100 statues of Lord Ganesh, which at the time, my grandpa put some of them as a little shrine in his den with Adam's ashes. But when I went to my grandparents house a week or two ago and was getting something out of the shed I saw multiple boxes with 'Adam's hindu stuff" and 'hindu stuff' written on them.  I asked my grandma what she planned on doing with them, and she said she was going to throw them out in the dump. I didn't like this at all, and with talking to her more she said that she thinks they contain evil spirits and were bad luck. I asked her if I could take them, instead of her throwing them out. She gave me a mini lecture about how it was a sin to worship other gods and all that. Eventually she told me to ask my grandpa, after all Adam was only her step son, and she was never close to him. I went to my grandpa in his den, and when I went in I saw the empty space where he had his shrine to his lost son.  I asked him if I may take the statues and he was not at all reluctant in saying yes, but I saw a look of disgust on his face. So I took the boxes home, and arranged all the statues and figurines on my shelves and dressers. Decorating them and making them look nice. I look at them and see this lost man, who I think I would have been very close with, if he wasn't disowned. He was an amazing artist, he made costumes and he sculpted. He was very successful, and could have been a good role model for me and my sisters growing up. But he was gay, and his parent's threw him out. And now I miss a man who I really never knew. 
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I'm sorry for the long story but I really needed to get that off my chest. I know my writing is bad and all over the place, I just had to say it.
Speaking about the painting, I wanted to leave his hands free as to reference him being lost with nothing, but the light is hope to a better life.
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critique accepted on art only, not on writing.
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