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North India: Gallery 24a
Khajuraho Temples II
The Erotic Sculptures (Pt. 1)
(Part I from Canon Camera 1)
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Khajuraho's Temples are full of sexually explicit sculptures. This extremely conservative country was once home to the world’s first sex treatise and the erotic art on display is perhaps more shocking now than when it was created. 

India has been a particularly conservative country for the last few hundred years, influenced by the puritanism of several groups, including Islamic dynasties, British overlords and the country’s own Brahmin priestly caste. But India was not always like this. Sexual norms were far more liberal before the 13th Century, giving equal importance to the secular and the spiritual. Sex was taught as a subject in formal education, and Kamasutra, the world’s first sex treatise, was written in ancient India between the 4th Century BCE and the 2nd Century. 

The best-preserved and most graphic example of erotic temple art can be found here. These elegantly carved Hindu temples were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986. Built by the Chandela dynasty between 950 and 1050, only 22 of the 85 original temples remain. There are profuse and intricate sculptures covering every inch of the walls. There are images of gods and goddesses, warriors and musicians, animals and birds. It could have been a scene from any temple in India.

But on closer inspection, many of these carvings are of an intensely erotic nature, featuring men, women and animals. There were depictions of threesomes, orgies and bestiality. There are shapely maidens and virile men contorting their bodies in impossible sexual positions, right next to sculptures of divine beings smiling blissfully at the devout. Although a few stones are chipped and several limbs broken, the carvings are incredibly pristine, considering that the temples are more than 1,000 years old.

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GALLERY 24a
KHAJURAHO TEMPLES | KAMA SUTRA CARVINGS I

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