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Shiva by GENZOMAN Shiva by GENZOMAN
Hi there guys! here goes an old commission done a couple of years ago. Well, videogames sometimes give us odd concepts, you know, shiva is far from a ice girl to be summoned with snow powers:D who is Shiva?

PSCS/bamboo/5hours/music: Brian Eno - Emerald and Stone
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Shiva (play /ˈʃɪvə/; Sanskrit: शिव Śiva, meaning "auspicious one") is a major Hindu deity, and is the Destroyer or Transformer among the Trimurti, the Hindu Trinity of the primary aspects of the divine. Shiva is a yogi who has notice of everything that happens in the world and is the main aspect of life. Yet one with great power, he lives a life of a sage at Mount Kailash. In the Shaiva tradition of Hinduism, Shiva is seen as the Supreme God and has five important works: creator, preserver, destroyer, concealer, and revealer (to bless). In the Smarta tradition, he is regarded as one of the five primary forms of God. Followers of Hinduism who focus their worship upon Shiva are called Shaivites or Shaivas (Sanskrit Śaiva).Shaivism, along with Vaiṣṇava traditions that focus on Vishnu and Śākta traditions that focus on the goddess Shakti, is one of the most influential denominations in Hinduism.

In the Yajurveda, two contrary sets of attributes for both malignant or terrific (Sanskrit: rudra) and benign or auspicious (Sanskrit: śiva) forms can be found, leading Chakravarti to conclude that "all the basic elements which created the complex Rudra-Śiva sect of later ages are to be found here".[106] In the Mahabharata, Shiva is depicted as "the standard of invincibility, might, and terror", as well as a figure of honor, delight, and brilliance. The duality of Shiva's fearful and auspicious attributes appears in contrasted names.

The name Rudra (Sanskrit: रुद्र) reflects his fearsome aspects. According to traditional etymologies, the Sanskrit name Rudra is derived from the root rud-, which means "to cry, howl". Stella Kramrisch notes a different etymology connected with the adjectival form raudra, which means "wild, of rudra nature", and translates the name Rudra as "the wild one" or "the fierce god".[109] R. K. Sharma follows this alternate etymology and translates the name as "terrible". Hara (Sanskrit: हर) is an important name that occurs three times in the Anushasanaparvan version of the Shiva sahasranama, where it is translated in different ways each time it occurs, following a commentorial tradition of not repeating an interpretation. Sharma translates the three as "one who captivates", "one who consolidates", and "one who destroys". Kramrisch translates it as "the ravisher". Another of Shiva's fearsome forms is as Kāla (Sanskrit: काल), "time", and as Mahākāla (Sanskrit: महाकाल), "great time", which ultimately destroys all things. Bhairava (Sanskrit: भैरव), "terrible" or "frightful", is a fierce form associated with annihilation.

In contrast, the name Śaṇkara (Sanskrit: शङ्कर), "beneficent" or "conferring happiness" reflects his benign form. This name was adopted by the great Vedanta philosopher Śaṇkara, who is also known as Shankaracharya. The name Śambhu (Sanskrit: शम्भु), "causing happiness", also reflects this benign aspect
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thesupremejoyner98 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
love to see this version in final fantasy
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KeetaBeeta Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  New member Professional Digital Artist
thank you for this image! it'll help break the idea of Shiva I have in my head as a hot ice chick from rpg's
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b4q Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
You should work for Hi Rez studios and design their characters. Awesome work!
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NeoArchiteuthis Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
This is awesome. Would love to see your take on Vishnu. 
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tomytieneblas74 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing concept! Shiva is portrayed as a benevolent deity, and this is how he is. :)
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zeca3D Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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xXCamper61Xx Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Wooooo!
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dimejay Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
nice concept
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KendrixTermina Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
Cool color contrast, allthough I probably would have gone for a less human 'expression'.
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emperorsss Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this work ! OHM
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