The art of wood carving in Nepal The art of wood carving in Nepal goes on for generations.
Between the 12th and 18th centuries during the Malla kingdoms, wood carving art has developed and the kings built most of the temples and palaces in Kathmandu Valley. To support roofs they curved erotic sculpture. “In Okinawa, wash self in public bath with nude lady quite proper but a picture of nude lady in private home quite improper.
In America, statue of nude lady in park win prize but nude lady in flesh in park win a penalty.
Conclusion: Pornography, question of geography.”
That’s Marlon Brando’s words in the movie “The Teahouse of the August Moon” (1956) There are questions about the cause of erotic sculpture (not to say pornographic):
Some say the sculpture reflects the promiscuous period.
Some say it’s a teaching method for the youngsters of the kingdom. Some say sculptural scenes a day – a day of low human impulses, helping to rise above them, at the entrance to the temple. They say thet the fire god Agni (the English word “Ignite” come from his name) become too horny from the structure, so he wuld not burn somthing thet arouse him and he loves. But the erotic sculpture probably represents the Kathmandu Valley Tantric as a way to accumulate power which is not based on the climax and orgasm, but accumulated to channel it for the work of the gods. Energy of creation and creativity collected in the Kundalini chakra. Energy of all existing female Shakti, located at the base of the spine coard goes upward as it raises the chakras, until reaching to the crown of the head, allows the Lotus of insight and thus unites with the universe and reaching nirvana. Each chakra is a switch that closes and opens certain levels of open mind and energy. There is a belief that the sexual compilation which ensures the fertility of human beings, will ensure the productivity of soil, plants and cattle. Cosmic fertility of the universe will be assured by presentation of sex.
This is the unification of Shakti feminine power with the mail energy, dynamic with static. Braking of all conventions and taboos of human society can bring to enlightenment as keeping all rules.
But perhaps erotic carvings are a description permissive or guide young adolescents Or do the erotic sculptures depict a healthy permissive society? These photos were taken in September 2012 at the Durbar- Square of Lalitpur , in the palace of Kathmandu and in Pashupatinath mandir. See you on my next trip