Matsya and the Great Deluge
Artist: Bojh Parker
Location: The alleyway next to 345 North Franklin (Visit Mendocino Office)
The sheer scale of Bojh's 15'x55' mural is dizzying, in a great way. Stand in front of it, and you will be instantly drawn into the swirling patterns, colors and waves just like Matsya, the fish protagonist in the story that inspired this mural.
Matsya and the Great Deluge is an ancient tale from India retold in many texts starting around 700 BCE. Matsya is a small fish that appears to a great king named Manu, either in his wash bowl, or while he is performing religious rites by a river. Matsya begs Manu for protection from larger fish, and promises to save him from a great flood in the future. The king protects the small fish, transferring him to larger and larger containers of water as he grows. Eventually Matsya is so large that Manu puts him in the ocean. Matsya thanks the king for protecting him when he was small and vulnerable. He tells Manu the date that the devastating floods will arrive, and where the king should meet him with the great ship he must now go and build. On the day of the deluge Matsya finds the king and his ship among the swirling waters and tows him to the Himalayas where the king performs prayers and sacrifices, and re-establishes all life, thereby saving humanity and averting the complete destruction of the world. Pretty great, right?