Photos: Ancient Erotic Carvings from Nepal (Not Safe for Work)
The Devil is always in the details. While wandering about Durbar Square in Kathmandu or through the medieval town of Bhaktapur, you’ll often find very explicit images carved into the roof struts of temples and buildings. No one seems to know exactly what purpose they served — they have an obvious Tantric connection, demonstrating the merging of Buddhism and Hinduism that is so common in Nepal. Beyond that, it’s hard to know what the original creators where thinking.
To me, any culture that can contemplate spirituality while still getting its freak on is one worth getting to know. While many of these carvings are over 500 years old (the carving of the woman washing her hair was completed in 1475), they are quite explicit, so only click through if you’re okay with that kind of thing. My personal favorite is the last one — who knew?