Early in Paradise, the protagonist Akash finds himself living in Bhutan. This beautiful country is extraordinary on many levels. It is the last bastion of the original teachings of Padmasambhava – the Nyingma lineage – which has a very frank approach to sexuality. Right throughout Bhutan you will find phalli painted on the sides of buildings. They are there to ward off evil, encourage fertility, but they can also be read literally as a symbol of sex. Here are just a few examples:

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