A Prayer to Mother By Maeve Basset
In a brief reprise from a weekend of intense worship, a Mother Kali Pujarie rests his head on a sacrifice as he prays to the Mother/Mahaa Kali Ammaa. In a Toronto suburb, a unique sect of Hinduism has etched out a space for themselves in a row of warehouses. Coconuts are used throughout the service because of the purity of the coconut flesh and water, which has never been exposed to any defiling elements. Once his prayer is complete, the priest will deftly crack the coconut with a cutlass, exposing pure flesh for the goddess to consume.