When it comes to the diversity of religion I think the greatest thing we can do is keep an open mind and practice love. It is especially true when looking at eastern philosophies from a western mind.
From the onlooker Hinduism looks like polytheism, animal and/or demon worship, weirdness, non-human nonsense, and many other things.
From a Hindu perspective it makes perfect sense as these are merely representatives of the various aspects of what God is and can be to humankind.
I also believe that Hindus of ancient days had a pretty vivid and creative imagination.
These aspects of God are believed to be Avatars so I guess the true study (Svadhyaya) of what the different Hindu gods and goddesses represent is in the study of what Avatars are.
A look into the Hindu concept and belief of Maya, that everything is a cosmic illusion, may also shed bright light on Hindu traditions.
This is the take from someone named Shakti over 30 years ago by her Guru a Hindu Swami. The the significance of Shakti is vast, beautifully symbolic and open to interpretation, as all things are. Shakti is the representation of divine feminine energy. This divine feminine energy is said to have been and continues to unite with the divine male energy to create everything.
Jai Mata Shakti Jai!
Below what these many arms can represent
I feel the Hindu representation of an Avatar as Ma Durga, a many limbs female is as bold a power statement that any culture can present.
Not only does it take many invisible arms to give birth to and care for the needs of a family. It takes a village, as pictured below, to co-create, birth, nurture and share life wisdoms joyfully, effortlessly and not without mistakes.