Navaratri tells the story of Josh Cummings, an up and coming fashion photographer. When he inherits some property from his mysterious great aunt Dora his life changes. He is thrust into the world of sexual radicals: from the bohemian Sydney of the 30′s and the World League for Sexual Reform; Weimar Berlin, the Institute for Sexology, Reich and naturism; the radical kibbutz movement; to India, authentic Tantra and the world of the devidasi; finally to return to a hidden valley in the Blue Mountains outside of Sydney.

His journey exposes him to the origins of the Western attitude to sex and the body, to a radically new way to view sex, death and religion.

UNPUBLISHED – but looking!  Read some excerpts below:

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