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Ganesh is a Hindu deity. Ganesh came into being when Shiva inadvertently killed a doughboy[?] who had blocked his path into his own home. In remorse at having killed the doughboy, he took up the body but was unable to find the head, and so replaced it with a convenient head of an elephant that he had lopped off a few minutes earlier. Ganesh signifies luck. On the Ganesha holiday, families go out and buy brightly painted mache figurines of Ganesh.

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