The story of Goddess Kali-Ma is signified through the symbology of just her tongue in this ring. Natural instincts force us to contemplate this repellent tongue because of its animalist attributes like that of a snake. It gives ways in which she is that of a ‘devouring mother’ which clarify these natural origins, where hidden in her tongue are her archetypal powers to nurture and destroy us.
This symbolism however is not completely unique to Indian mythology. The cloven “tongues of fire” that incited early christianity to ‘speak in tongues’ illustrates the tongue as a vessel of communication and gifts of the spirit. In contrast the phrase to ‘hold ones tongue’ teaches self control and moreso the phrase itself giving power to the tongue painting it as something that at times could be stopped. Since no other organ protrudes from the body it is natural that it comes to express what is within us, whether positive or negative.
One point of research for the `kali Ring was to reserach and reinvernt Not only loving mother but destroyer, Kali ma is the deity of death and destruction of the ego however. She was a beacon of hope and resistance of anti-colonial movements during the Bengal revolution with modern depictions of her on Indian products as a way to boycott British ones; with her female dominance portrayals often offending british officials, making her the OG dominatrix sis smashing white patriarchal rule.
Kali symbolized this resistance to governing rules that still prevails today within our communities.