A painting of Yama from Hinduism

I was the “weird goth child” in middle school and high school. I was fascinated by the macabre (still am), as well as what exactly the human body can tolerate before it finally gives up. Death and mutilation perk my natural curiosity because to me, it is fascinating to see what the human body can be put through.

I did not shift to being polytheist until I was around 18 or 19 years old. The first deity that I felt a strong…