We Indians even have a god for sex - Kama. So it is only natural that we have erotic sculptures on our temples. There have been many questions raised on the reason behind having erotic sculptures and sexual imagery in a place otherwise considered so 'holy' and 'pure'. There are a few theories floating about but the most popular one seems to be that in order to enter a place so pure, you need to relieve yourself of all your desires and lust.
Ancient Christian manuscripts digitized at monastery beneath Mount Sinai
Manuscripts of classical Greek authors - The British Library
There are literally thousands of incredible texts that have survived from the ancient world, which are etched onto copper, beautifully inscribed on papyrus, chipped onto tablets, and even written using the ink of ground down gold and precious stones. While it is impossible to choose the best of the bunch, we have chosen ten incredible texts to feature, which have served to open a window onto the daily lives of our ancestors and enhanced the knowledge we hold about our ancient past. The Dunhuang Manuscripts. The Dunhuang Manuscripts are a cache of around 20, important scrolls found in the Mogao Caves of Dunhuang. The Dunhuang manuscripts date to between the 5th and 11th centuries A. Although the Dunhuang Manuscripts contain mostly Buddhist texts, there were other forms of sacred texts as well.
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Geoffrey Smith and Brent Landau, religious studies scholars at The University of Texas at Austin, located the rare text in Oxford University archives earlier this year. The experts found several fifth- or sixth-century A. Greek fragments of the First Apocalypse of James, one of the books from an ancient collection known as the Nag Hammadi library. Previously, the text was thought to be preserved only via translations in the Egyptian Coptic language.
Likewise, ancient Biblical manuscripts—such as the Dead Sea Scrolls—may contain no indication as to how the Torah portions and the prophetic readings should be chanted in the synagogue. Codices such as the Leningrad Codex and the Aleppo Codex contain vowel markings nekkudot in the form of subscripts and superscripts. Most importantly, they contain massive marginal notations masora concerning cruxes in the text that are crucial to interpretation. Its loss was an enormous blow to Jewish scholarship.