a unique perspective on this crazy world


I like tigers but SEVENTEEN game safaris is a lot!  Luckily there were a handful of “cultural days” attached to the itinerary so I was OK with signing up and not rocking the boat with requests.  Someday I will work less and actually have time to do research before I arrive in foreign places… I DO make sure I have the basics sorted – visas, currency, safety issues, etc.  But there is an exciting je ne sais quoi to just showing up as long as accommodation and transport have been arranged, which is how I ended up channeling Harry Potter… it was not “the one whose name cannot be spoken” but rather “the city whose name I cannot remember how to pronounce”…

temple overview

temple overview

Khajuraho… lots of those letters you don’t actually pronounce… this is what the tourist itinerary said…

Situated in the heart of Central India. Khajuraho is a fascinating village with a quaint rural ambience and a rich cultural heritage. The fascinating temples of Khajuraho, India’s unique gift of love to the world represent the expression of a highly matured civilization.

I should have done some research 😉  I still doubt it would have prepared me for the experience.

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/240

It was nice to just be hot and sweaty, not also covered in a layer of fine dust.  I am an urban girl so it was interesting driving through a city.  There is always a lot going on, even in the hours of the days when people are sleeping in North America.  It’s likely because it is really hot and a lot of the shelter does not look like somewhere you would want to spend any recreational time.  I am typing this in my apartment with fans blowing on me from three directions and feeling sorry for myself, so it’s hard to imagine hanging out in a tiny dwelling that looks impromptu held together by blue plastic without electricity.

They confiscated my mini tripod (which I never use but it does live in my camera bag) but then we were in.  Our guide was male.  He was knowledgeable and lively and an excellent guide.  What I had not appreciated was the subject matter of the temples 😉

Some of it was just normal ancient stuff… cool sandstone carvings… impressive architecture for the 10th century… UNESCO world heritage status…

What was unexpected was the subject matter of a lot of the temple reliefs.  The guide’s presentation of it all was priceless and I didn’t even giggle (except to myself).  The Indian Hugh Hefner? 😉  Of course, I am sure he thought we were a married couple.  I was just an easy-going ex-spouse accompanying my ex-husband on his milestone birthday trip to India.

Of course, when the guide started pointing out the 69 position on the temple wall, it was a tad

leaving nothing to the imagination...

leaving nothing to the imagination…

uncomfortable.  According to him, it’s number 69 in the Kama Sutra but I think that might just be part of this tourist shtick.  Did at least learn Kama is the god of love; hence, Kama Sutra.  He seemed a bit too gleeful pointing out the various poses.  Seriously, you need someone else in the room so you can do it with one leg (the third party is there to balance you).  And if you are away from your wife for more than 10 days, animals start to look sexy???  The whole place seemed a bit nuts.  According to the guide – before the internet – people didn’t know how to have sex, so pretty much every possible position was illustrated on the walls of the temple for educational purposes – and to promote population growth.

Perhaps this is why India is so overpopulated? 🙂  I am pretty sure a lot of those positions do NOT produce babies… and somehow all the babes in the illustrations look like Playboy bunnies.  India is full of gorgeous women but not all of them look like the chicks on the walls of the temples at Khajuraho.  As a woman, I had a lot of trouble with the advanced civilization propaganda.

The guide kept emphasizing the “love” aspect of these couplings and how horny the women were.  For the most part, it just looked like a huge ancient male fantasy to me – the ancient version of internet porn.

Nevertheless, the temples are ancient and fascinating and not every scene is about sex so well worth visiting.  The sexy temples are the Hindu ones.  We also went to the Jain temples.  The Jain religion is fascinating and almost polar opposite to the hedonistic Hindus.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jainism

carvings are exquisite

carvings are exquisite

Khajuraho should definitely be part of a visit to India.  Whether you learn how to pronounce it correctly or not, it is a fascinating glimpse into the 10th century and the Chandela dynasty.  Perhaps the Indians seemed a little fixated on “sexy time” but most of the rest of the world was very primitive in those days so it really was an advanced civilization for the time period.

 

 

Comments on: "the invention of porn? ;)" (3)

  1. Learn anything new? Excepting the positions that required a 3rd party, of course 😉

    • it was too weird in context to stare too carefully… I think I know most stuff that IS actually humanly possible already 😉 and I prefer only two people to be involved…

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