Sacred Love: Erotic Art in the Temples of Nepal

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Title:Sacred Love: Erotic Art in the Temples of Nepal


Author:Shivaji Das

Publisher:Adarsh Books

Publish Year:2018

Edition:First Edition

Cover:Hard Back

Subject:Coffee Table Books


Remarks:Colour Photographs.


Size:217 x 295 mm


Price:USD 47.50

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  • When one looks up at the roof struts of temples in the Kathmandu valley, a whimsical realm of amorous beings appear. Unlike the erotic art of the famous Khajuraho Temples of India, these explicit carvings in Nepal are relatively crude, made more with humour than dedication. Elephants turn missionary, beasts love men, and every taboo is violated. Time has forgotten the real reason for their existence although tour guides proclaim confidently that they serve to protect the temples from the goddess of lightning, a shy virgin. Through extensive fieldwork with craftsmen, sociologists, historians, priests and even Maoist rationalists, the author explores the reasons behind their existence, the enduring beliefs of the culture that gave birth to them, the principles of Nepalese temple architecture, the lives of the craftsmen who carve these images, the attitude of Nepalese society towards them, and the reconstruction efforts underway following the tragic earthquake of 2015. The book also presents an extensive collection of captivating images of the erotic carvings from all around Nepal and comparable art in other cultures.

    Shivaji Das

    Shivaji Das was born and brought up in the north-eastern province of Assam in India. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, subsequent to which he completed his post-graduation from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta. He is presently working as a management consultant in Singapore.
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