I was stung on the foot by an ant while visiting a Kali Temple in South India.It felt like something was burning deeply into my skin and, of course there was nothing to do, since the stones of the temple courtyard were blisteringly hot, and coated with a fine layer of vibrant kumkum—the red pigment often applied to one’s forehead as a blessing.
The kumkum had stained the soles of our feet the mottled rust color of dried blood, making it impossible to locate the exact spot where the bite or sting had occurred. In my temple trance, I had lost track of where on my foot the pain had initiated anyway, and the swelling had spread all the way up to my ankle.
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