'American Gods': Sakina Jaffrey to play Hindu goddess of war Kali Ma in season 2 of Neil Gaiman's fantasy series

The Starz show has a whole pantheon of Old Gods, and we now see Kali Ma, the goddess of war from the Hindu mythology, join the roster.


                            'American Gods': Sakina Jaffrey to play Hindu goddess of war Kali Ma in season 2 of Neil Gaiman's fantasy series

The battlefield is already red with the blood of the Old Gods, and it seems that they're bringing in the big guns this season with the introduction of Kali Ma aka Mama-Ji.

'American Gods' chronicles the adventures of Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday (who is actually Odin, Norse God), with the latter building a team of Old Gods in order to battle the New Gods of technology and globalization. Humans are slowly moving away from their traditions of worshipping Gods, and now worship their screens instead, and the Old Gods are just not going to have it.



 

Apart from already recruiting Old Gods like Czernobog, Anansi, and Bilquis, Mr. Wednesday,  pleads the attention of more forgotten Gods, and one of them is the warrior Goddess Kali Ma, who's played by Sakina Jaffrey.

The first season had us following Shadow and Wednesday on their journey to The House on the Rock, in order to rile up the Old Gods, and maybe give a pep talk on their upcoming battle. As the trailer shows, they do make it to the House on the Rock, and we get to see the Old Gods in all their glory in Odin's Hall, Valaskjalf.

Crispin Glover, Ian McShane, Pablo Schreiber, and Ricky Whittle in Straz's 'American Gods'. (Source: IMDB)
Crispin Glover, Ian McShane, Pablo Schreiber, and Ricky Whittle in Straz's 'American Gods'. (Source: IMDB)

 

Kali Ma is a Hindu goddess of war, and though we don't get to see her in the first season, her appearance and role are quite prominent from the looks of the trailer. Sakina Jaffrey takes up the role as an aspect of Kali, the Great Mother of the Hindu pantheon who's a little more complex than just a goddess of death. Given that some sects worship her exclusively, she's probably doing the best out of the Old Gods, and by best, we mean a living as a waitress for Motel America.

Still beats the other Gods though, with Wednesday hustling his way through life, and Czernobog living off the little pension he gets from his time at the slaughterhouse. She’s well known for being a witty free spirit and is described as being a match for anyone, be it God or man.

Sakina Jaffrey as Linda Vasquez in 'House of Cards'.
(Source: IMDB)
Sakina Jaffrey as Linda Vasquez in 'House of Cards'.
(Source: IMDB)

 

Jaffrey, who some might recognize from her work on NBC’s 'Timeless' where she plays Agent Denise Christopher and from her work in 'House of Cards', is all geared up to take on the role of Kali Ma aka Mama-Ji of the book-to-television adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s 2001 award-winning novel, and says that she got "the best summer job" on Twitter.



 

We're all set for the battle between the Old Gods and the New Gods, the question is, are you?

'American Gods' season 2 is slated to release on 10 March on the Starz network.