the making of gods

Man made his gods, and furnished them
with his own body, voice and garments.

If a horse or lion or a slow ox
had agile hands for paint and sculpture,
the horse would make his god a horse,
the ox would sculpt an ox.

Our gods have flat noses and black skins
say the Ethiopians. The Thracians say
our gods have red hair and hazel eyes.

Xenophanes

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extracted by the gods

As the king was drinking in the dear face of his son,
his eye motionless as a lotus in the calm;
His intense delight could not be contained within
himself,
like the high tide of the great ocean after seeing the
Moon…

Kalidasa