The Lady Twilight – Part II

Tantra isn’t about sex but feeding insatiable goddesses the sexual emissions they crave.


The Lady Twilight – Part I

Welcome to the burning grounds of Bengal, an open-air lunatic asylum for the divinely mad.


City of Life, City of Death

Sipping the sweet stuff amid the death dance in Benares.


The Moon is Elsewhere

The presence—or absence—of the gods can make a Hindu out of even the most secular.


Dot-com Ramayana

I’ve finally gone and done it and seen Nina Paley’s remarkable animated film Sita Sings the Blues, an adaptation of the great Indian epic the Ramayana juxtaposed with a story…


When Gods Disappear

The brothers were racing for the sun. What brothers don’t create such fantastic games of competition and daring, even when they are gods? Especially if they are gods. Jatayu and…

All photos by Munir Virani of the Peregrine Fund

The Bright Half of Bhadra

In the forests of Rajasthan resides the god of invisible things.


Getting Godly in Mysore

We’ve  come to the hilltop where the Chamundeshwari Temple overlooks the city of Mysore, India, but we can’t pass up the free admission to the Godly Museum across the parking lot.…


A Hundred Unspoken Rules

Bloodlines bridge the divide between belief and disbelief.


Military Mahabharata

This, from the February 2nd issue of India Today: “In a final showdown between two contenders for the title of Tank No. 1 this June, the Indian Army will conduct…

Killing the Buddha

We Kill the Goat, You Decide

This just in from Fox News: Nepal Airlines has sacrificed two goats as part of its efforts to keep an older 757 in the air. Silly flying Hindus! Don’t they…

Seeing Ourselves 9-11-01

Seeing Ourselves

Editor’s note: Five years ago, early on the morning of September 11, 2001, I was riding a bus through Boston, reading a piece recently submitted to Killing the Buddha. I…


Baba, Baba, Everywhere!

God is a Dickhead — conclusive proof from Killing the Buddha: A Heretic’s Bible.

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Rain from the Ganges

Fear and enlightenment at a Hindu goddess festival.