I have an idea that’s just a sprout at this point, but I’m excited about it. And somehow that led me to humming an old 80’s song by Bonnie Tyler. The actual title is “Holding Out for a Hero” but I remember it as “I Need a Hero.”
Watching the video, I realized Bonnie Tyler might actually BE my hero. That voice. Her total dedication to the (now) ridiculous looking choreography and cinematography. Slow motion angel choir, anyone? And the hair! If there was ever any doubt that beauty ideals are culturally dependent, behold the perms and layers here. Wow.
I’ve also got heroes on my mind because today is Tuesday, one of the days dedicated to Hanuman. Monkey god Hanuman, exemplar of devotion, is the hero of the Ramayana. I know Tuesday has something to do with Mars (god of war – Tyr in Norse, Tyr’s Day, and intriguingly that aligns with the Vedic view of things too) but I’d have to dig out my yoga teacher training notes to get the full answer as to why Hanuman is a good counter to Mars’ maleficence, and I’m too busy watching melodramatic rock videos to do that. (How’s that for devotion?)
I read (ahem, skimmed) the Ramayana, but to be honest, I couldn’t figure out what the moral of the story was supposed to be. It seems to be up for interpretation. I’ll revisit it someday, but until then, I’ve got Sita Sings the Blues to provide at least one perspective. (Sita’s creator, Nina Paley, is another hero.) And regardless, I have a soft spot for Hanuman. Ever humble, he forgets his own power. But he’s pretty awesome. If super monkey Hanuman can forget his powers, just imagine what the rest of us are capable of blocking out! Its time to go sing along with Bonnie, but to remember our own super powers – not to call for a cowboy with a neon whip to save the day.
I usually have a couple of Hanuman jewelry pieces in my gogoshebogo Etsy shop.