A male God.
Devine Cosmic Dancer.
God of paradoxes:
God of destruction and creation.
Both an ascetic and a hedonist.
Dancing on the demon of ignorance.
Destroying the world of illusions in order to create a better new world.
The philosophy of Shiva is destrucive of illusions, but leads neither to inaction nor to pessimism. On the contrary, its wisdom allows it to enter harmoniously into the great „game“, lila, of life, to take part in it by dancing with all one’s heart and all one’s joy.
New Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology
But here is one of my favorite Shiva images. I don't like taking myself too serious....