This may well be a short entry. I am tired. It has been a long day, and I still have to go home, have a cup of tea, and go for power yoga. I need to do power yoga along with Ashtanga, until I have the energy to do Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga. I may even die before then!!
This entry was going to be titled "Honesty", but I decided to use the term 'sexuality' instead.
The temple was an homage to the Sun God. It depicts, amongst other things, the various activities people engage in at various times of the day. At night ( during the day as well ), people do engage in sexual activities, and the temple has depicted this quite honestly. The activities that people engage in during the day are depicted as details on the wheels of the chariot on which the Sun God rides. The temple is designed to be the chariot of the Sun God.
In ancient times, I would believe, Indians were quite frank about their sexuality. Or, should I say, 'we Indians'. Konarak is not the most famous temple when it comes to erotic sulpture. The honour of being the most famous in this aspect belongs to Khajurao.
However, the sexuality depicted on these frames does indicate that the expression of sexuality in India was honest, and that the old Indians were a pretty vibrant, sexual bunch of folks. I suppose that is how we reached the population of 1 billion.
Not only are the poses quite explicit ( some even have depictions of animal sex ), but the women are well endowed, and so are the men. The men would put a porn star to shame!!
Somewhere down the line, morality arrived. Quietly, like the mammals. And, like the mammals who competed for resources with the dinosaurs, morality competed with sexuality and won the war.
Sexiness is making a come back. Sexuality, genuine sexuality, will take some time.