A former Hindu goddess of knowledge, Saraswati was the daughter of Shiva and Durga. She is credited with the invention of language and knowledge for mortals, and the divine inspiration of their holy Scriptures. Mortals pray to her for moksha, or true wisdom that will deliver them from their mortal shells.
Saraswati’s fealty to fixed ideas causes her to bend all gods and mortals to high standards. Since she desires change in others into becoming better people, she is relentlessly critical and judgmental. Sometimes Saraswati is surprised when others do not appreciate her judgments, although she is quick to praise whoever meets her standards.
Often worrying about the status of society, that it is in decline, for morals decay, standards ignored, traditions forgotten, Saraswati tries to preserve institutions that maintain social order.
The inability to adapt to the flux of reality and enjoy the small things makes her an easy target and dismissed as a prude. However, her prudery is not just about sex at all. It is concerned with appearances, especially what the Society of immortals approves as appropriate and acceptable behavior. Saraswati is obsessively concerned with standards of goodness, fairness, political sensitivity, tastefulness, and etcetera. However, deep down she is secretly excited and intrigued by guilty and transgressive pleasures. This secret attraction frightens her enough to stay away and strive for proper conduct.
Also, Saraswati has a tendency of being conservative with her outfit and is quick to savage others when their creativity exceeds the bounds of proper taste.
Since the society of Immortals at Teotihuacán is thoroughly political, Saraswati, a senator, pursues causes that are morally superior to those of her enemies. A popular tactic of Saraswati is the questioning her opponents’ motives in order to expose them as something obscene or profane, thereby eroding their support. Quick to detect hypocrisy or inflicting guilt, Saraswati perceives every action as a sign of moral worth. Rather than being content to assume everyone automatically agrees with the justice of her cause, Saraswati advertises it with a bullhorn. She seeks the higher ground and translates it into some sort of advantage, manipulating the public and destroying reputations. Oftentimes, by going on the offensive Saraswati distracts everyone from her faults and deficiencies. Sometimes this stratagem effectively thwarts a more powerful enemy, but it also backfires when the other gods tire of Saraswati’s self-righteous stance and become alienated from her goals.
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