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Secret Behind Sex Symbols In the Temple
Ancient Nepalese used erotic temple art for education
Bishnu K.C. (bishnuji)     Print Article 
Published 2006-02-22 11:12 (KST)   
In the Kathmandu Valley, I was on my way home when a foreign visitor asked me about the sex symbols crafted on a temple. I had seen those symbols long before in different temples of the valley but was eager to know more about them only when the visitor asked me. Obviously, anyone would be eager to hear and know about them. This was the same case with me when I saw sex symbols in different temples that were crafted around 300 to 400 years ago during the time of the Lichhavi kings.

Sexual imagery in a Nepal temple.
©2006 bishnu
Many visitors from around the world take pictures of these temples. We have the concept that temples are holy places and places of respect.

According to the Tantrik Bidhi, these crafted arts symbolize real life. Religiously, people believe this art helped to control natural disasters like thunder, earthquakes and lightning around the premises.

Dr. Dinesh Bhuju of RONAST (Royal Nepal Academy of Science and Technology) said of the sex symbols, 쏱roduction in the agricultural sector during those periods was high, as was the death rate. A large number of people died from different diseases like diarrhea and smallpox, as medicine was usually unavailable. So to maintain the population, these types of symbols were used in the temples as a holy deed.

He also said there was no medium of communication. These art works delivered the message of sex education to people who were unaware of the importance of generational continuity in society.

In some of the books written by foreign writers about the crafted arts, they labeled the temples as 쐃rotic. For example, we can take the temple of 쏪agannath which is located in the heart of the tourist center Basantapur, (a world heritage site.) This temple was built around 1562 during the period of Mahendra Malla, where more than 64 sex symbols were made.

Images like these served as sex education in the ancient period.
©2006 bishnu
The temple is a place of respect, according to our tradition and culture. We all have faith in all the temples of God, but hearing and reading such words of a foreign visitor really makes it clear that they have not understood our art and culture to the deepest extent. Without knowing the reality and the core matter, foreign people and magazines write about these matters. But no action is shown by the government.

Beauty depends upon the viewers, in the same way that art has its own language in the way we view it. People looking with the wrong concept see the temple art as pornography while artists define it as a great masterpiece.

©2006 OhmyNews
Other articles by reporter Bishnu K.C.

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