It's been a busy week -- interns still settling in, the "honeymoon" period starting to end, all of us still learning. Well, hopefully we'll continue learning for some time now!
Saturday was a fun day with basketball and volleyball and food and fellowship in the afternoon. Sunday was a day of rest for me. A Nepali friend, Nanu, came to church with me Sunday morning. Nanu and myself and roommate Jen enjoyed doughnuts together after church and then a walk at Arbor Hills.
I've learned a lot about Hinduism the last few days from Nanu. Lord Shiva's birthday was Friday, apparently. I had to ask her if he was a real person.
"No, no," she said. "Lord Shiva is like the head gods in charge of all the gods."
"Oh!" said I, surprised. "If he's a god, then why does he have a birthday?"
"That's just the day he was created," Nanu explained to me. "And he also met his wife goddess Parvati on this day."
I wanted to ask who created him, but I wasn't quite sure how to ask that politely.