Erotic woodcarving in Nepal

Roger Blench


The temple complexes in the Kathmandu Valley are marked by the unfortunate practice of carving figures engaged in questionable practices on the supporting roof-struts of individual buildings. The Lonely Planet guides warn of the potentially harmful moral impact on children and thoughtfully list individual buildings to be avoided. It is true that the images can really only be seen with a zoom lens, but technology has a habit of becoming accessible. In this spirit, these pages provide a more detailed visual guide to images that may corrupt and deprave.








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