noun[mass noun] Judaism
- Upon hearing the news, the families began sitting shiva, the Jewish mourning ritual.
- The shiva was the worst period, the shloshim was very hard, and this stage is bad.
- My husband and I immediately decided to invite her to sit shiva in our home.
from Hebrew šiḇ‘āh 'seven'.
Shiva is regarded by some as the supreme being and by others as forming a triad with Brahma and Vishnu. He is worshipped in many aspects: as destroyer, ascetic, lord of the cosmic dance, and lord of beasts, and through the symbolic lingam. His wife is Parvati
from Sanskrit Śiva, literally 'the auspicious one'.