Ardhanarishvara, the Lord who is Half Woman, has been carved into one of the many niches on the outside of the temple. The sculptors depicted many of the well-known stories of Hindu gods and goddesses on the walls of the temple. Pilgrims walking past these depictions are reminded of the tales and their teachings.
God of desire, Kamadeva, and his consort Rati are flanked by their assistants, a sensuous apsaras or heavenly nymph and gandharvas who are charming celestial musicians.
Auspicious figures of amorous couples in small stone niches adorn the magnificent Kailash Cave Temple, cave #16 in the series of Ellora Caves. These figures represent fertility and good fortune for all who see them.
This wall sculpture tells the story of Bhagiratha who practiced penance for eons to purify the sins of his ancestors.
On a pillar of the temple, a lingam sits between the horns of a bull.
Chilled coffees and teas in a local shop.
Performing puja to the deity of the temple, Ganapathy, the priest offers the flame.
Various roots, mushrooms, and vegetables.
Cover illustration from May 19, 1997 issue of Newsweek shortly before China's resumption of sovereignty over Hong Kong on July 1, 1997.
This majestic and huge elephant stands at the entrance to the most complex of the Jain caves. Elephants are associated with royalty and power.
Confucian statue, found in the Confucian temple directly across from a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Beijing.
Cover of Time Magazine from December 11, 1950, depicting Mao's head surrounded by a cloud of red grasshoppers.
The colonel gets into the spirit on Chldren's Day in Japan by dressing up samurai style.
A closer look at a Japanese ATM.
Diagram showing how a bronze food cauldron is cast using the piece mold method during the Shang dynasty.
A shelf of soda and juices.
An illustration showing the garment of the Statue of Liberty is snatched aside, revealing it as a place of refuge for Nazis, Japanese war criminals, the Klu Klux Klan, capitalists and gangsters.
Bronze axe with man and beast motif. May have been a token of rank and an instrument in conducting human sacrifices. "The innocent face, flanked by a pair of animals, usually identified as tigers, seems blissfully unaware of any unhappy outcome, and the tigers, most ferocious of beasts, are surprisingly benign." [as quoted from Robert Thorpe]
This shrine to Mahavira, the 24th tirthankara, is set within a very large cave with exquisite carvings of several of the 24 tirthankaras.
A close-up of some cheeses in a Japanese grocery store.
Cover illustration from the book "China Can Say No--Political and Emotional Choices for the Post Cold War Era," by Song Qiang, Zhang Zangzang and Qiao Ban. The inscription across the top reads: "When China says no, it's not for the purpose of seeking conflict, but in order to speak on a more equal footing."
The sign outside of the post-office, wearing a cap of snow.
Three boys enjoying their time between classes.
Most Japanese schools have classrooms connected by outdoor hallways.
Vendors sell clothes off of blankets spread out in the sidewalk in Taiwan. Also a common sight on the streets in China.