The Sundarbans is a region of coastal mangrove swamps in a delta formed by the Padma, Brahmaputra, and Meghna Rivers in the Bay of Bengal. In the tangled forests of mangroves, the sand dunes, and mudflats, live tigers. They are both feared for their deadliness, but also revered for being protectors and incarnations of the gods and goddesses within the bounds of the Sundarbans.
Tigers are emblematic of the tension that exists between humans who live off the land and reap the gifts and rewards of that existence, but who must as a result be at the mercy of the vagaries and sometimes cruel harshness of nature. The goddess Bonbibi is the incarnation of the forest itself, and those who venture into the swamps seek her blessing for protection. The tiger is a god who punishes those who deplete the wealth of the domain without heeding the rules which govern sustainable harvesting of the resources.<
Size: 7 x 7 inches