Brahma, n. He who created the Hindoos, who are preserved by Vishnu and destroyed by Siva -- a rather neater division of labor than is found among the deities of some other nations. The Abracadabranese, for example, are created by Sin, maintained by Theft and destroyed by Folly. The priests of Brahma, like those of Abracadabranese, are holy and learned men who are never naughty.
2005 Update: A creative deity remembered in India, a nation of a billion souls adhering to countless religions in dozens of languages who have nonetheless become one people through a shared history of colonization. Esp. of Canada, the Caribbean and British Isles and the Internet.
Happy Birthday, Sonia!
(And apologies, somehow Bierce left out Guru Nanak Dev Ji)
Pansi's Audiobiography is now on Doug Drones On. Due to technical issues, the Saturday Storytelling may miss this week.