One of the most recognizable Hindu gods is the elephant-headed Ganesha. But who is he? Why does he have an elephant’s head rather than a person’s? Uma Krishnaswami tells you why in The Broken Tusk: Stories of the Hindu God Ganesha. One day the Goddess Parvati was lonely and made a doll out of clay, breathed life into it, and called it Ganesha. She sent the boy to guard the door while she took a bath and her husband, the God Shiva, came home and found this boy not letting him pass. After a great battle, Shiva got past the boy, but the boy lost his head, literally. Parvati was so upset about the loss of her son that Shiva went and found the head of the first living thing in his path. It was an elephant. So now Ganesha has the head and temper of an elephant. And that’s just one of the many stories you’ll learn in The Broken Tusk.