Candi Sukuh : One of the Best Sites in the World That Celebrate Sex & Sexuality

Wonderful Sukuh Temple (Image courtesy of zh.wikipedia.org)

Traveljunkieindonesia.com – I love sexy Candi Sukuh, Central Java. This site is one of the best sites in the world that celebrate sex & sexuality. One of Java’s most mysterious and striking temples, Candi Sukuh (9am-5pm) stands 900m above sea level on the slopes of Gunung Lawu, 36km east of Solo.

It is a large truncated pyramid of rough-hewn stone, which is curiously Inca-like, and while the sculpture is carved in the wayang style found particularly in East Java, the figures are crude, squat and distorted. The temple isn’t wildly erotic as is sometimes suggested, but there are fairly explicit and humorous representations of a stone penis or two and the elements of a fertility cult are qulte clear.

Built in the 15th century during the declining years of the Majapahit empire, Candi Sukuh seems to have nothing what-soever to do with other Javanese Hindu and Buddhist temples, and the origins of its builders and strange scluptural style remain a mystery. It is the most recent Hindu-Buddhist temple in the region, yet it seems to mark a reappearance of the pre-Hindu animism that existed 1500 years before. It’s a quite, isolated place with strange, potent atmosphere.

Lingga & Yoni relief (Image courtesy of retakankata)

At the gateway before the temple are a large stone lingga and yoni. Flowers are still often scattered here, and there’s a story that these symbols were used mainly by villagers to determine whether a wife had been faithful or a wife-to-be was still a virgin. The woman had to wear a sarong and stride across the lingam – if the sarong tore, her infidelity was proven. Other interesting cult objects stand further in among the trees, including a tall-standing monument depicting Bima, the Mahabharata warrior hero, with Narada, the messenger of the gods, both in a stylised womb. Another monument depicts Bima passing through the womb at his birth. In the top courtyard three enormous flat-backed turtles stand like sacrificial altars.

Celebrate Sex and Sexuality (image courtesy of fandyhutari17)

From the site the views to the west and north across terraced fields are superb. A paved trail leads downhill most of the way to Tawangmangu.

To get Candi Sukuh – One of the Best Sites in the World That Celebrate Sex & Sexuality. Take a bus bound for Tawangmangu from Solo to karangpandan, then a Kemuning minibus to the turn-off to Candi Sukuh; from here it’s a steep 2km walk uphill to the site or a ojek ride. Ojeks will take you to both Sukuh and Ceto.

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