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Read about Kali at Wikipedia (this is about the goddess Kâli, not the evil spirit called Kali).

KALI [Kali, with a short "a"]. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] The Kaliyuga, personified as the spirit of evil. In playing dice Kali is the ace and so is a personification of ill luck.

KALI [Kâli, with a long "a"]. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] 'The black.' In Vedic days this name was associated with Agni (fire), who has seven flickering tongues of flame for devouring oblations of butter. Of these seven, Kali was the black or terrific tongue. This meaning of the word is now lost, but it has developed into the goddess Kali, the fierce and bloody consort of Siva. See Devi.

See also Kali Yuga.

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