INDIA (Or the "Embedding" of Sex)
During the thirteenth century, at a time when Thomas Aquinas was reflecting on the fundamental unity of the soul and all matter, and when Roger Bacon was proclaiming the necessity of understanding nature through experimentation, on the far side of the medieval world (more specifically on the western coast of what is today India) King Narasimha I ( 1238-64) was having built the most beautiful of temples to celebrate his recent victory over the Yavanas Muslims, and to signal to all posterity the supreme importance of the event. It was to be a huge temple, a splendid, glorious, and wonderfully decorated temple. For a period of twelve years the king invested his entire revenues and a veritable army of workers in the project. One can readily imagine the vast workshop in which a sculptor, as anonymous as all the rest of the artisans whose task it was to decorate the temple walls, invoked the aid of his creative muse to guide his chisel as he carved the first figure in the stone: the image of a man bent over, placing his lips on the vagina of a woman who is lying on her back sucking his penis, while, standing beside him, another woman dressed as a servant has her finger inserted in his anus.
When finished, this bas-relief would be but one detail among the dozens of erotic sculptures that adorned the temple of Surya at Konarak,