Recent Articles

4 held with ancient Buddha idol (South and East Asia; Nepal)

The Kathmandu Post. (2017) 4 held with ancient Buddha idol. The Kathmandu Post. 16 February

गोरखपुर में पांच करोड़ की मूर्ति बरामद तस्कर गिरफ्तार (South and East Asia; India; Nepal)

(Smuggler arrested with lord Buddha stolen in Gorakhpur)

Patrika. (2017) गोरखपुर में पांच करोड़ की मूर्ति बरामद तस्कर गिरफ्तार. Patrika. 5 February

Police recover most of stolen idols but culprits still at large (South and East Asia; Nepal)

Buda, D.B. (2017) Police recover most of stolen idols but culprits still at large. My Republica. 9 January

Police looking for Jumla’s stolen idols arrest other criminals (South and East Asia; Nepal)

Buda, D.B. (2017) Police looking for Jumla's stolen idols arrest other criminals. My Republica. 7 January

Bringing the gods home (Nepal; South and East Asia)

Karki, Saurav (2017) Bringing the gods home. The Kathmandu Post. 3 January.

Bringing the gods home (South and East Asia; Nepal)

Karki, Saurav. (2017) Bringing the gods home. The Kathmandu Post. 3 January

Police find new lead on stolen idols from Jumla (South and East Asia; Nepal)

Pariyar, Kamal. (2016) Police find new lead on stolen idols from Jumla. My Republica. 27 December

Ancient idols of gods under serious threat in Nepal (South and East Asia; Nepal)

Kharel, Deepak. (2016) Ancient idols of gods under serious threat in Nepal. My Republica. 26 December

‘Stolen’ Dattatreya idol found in wardrobe inside the temple (South and East Asia; Nepal)

My Republica (2016) 'Stolen' Dattatreya idol found in wardrobe inside the temple. My Republica. 5 December.

2 Nepalese henchmen of idol racket kingpin held (South and East Asia; India; Nepal)

Service, Express News (2016) 2 Nepalese henchmen of idol racket kingpin held. The New Indian Express. 30 November.

Recent Posts

300 photos of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur pre-earthquake (Dec 2014) (6th May 2015) (South and East Asia; Nepal)

Like most people, I was devastated to hear about the earthquake in Nepal, a site of particular focus for Stolen Gods. I learned about the quake while on fieldwork in Mexico and, like most, felt helpless in the face of tragedy. I know that my friends in Nepal are safe. Not everyone can say that. Sacred Art has taken centre stage in the aftermath of the earthquake, at times and unfortunately pushing human tragedy from worldwide focus. We need to think about people first, and then objects. Yet what I know is objects and I would like to offer what I have.

Temple theft in Nepal: scratching the surface of a complex problem (15th December 2014) (South and East Asia; Nepal)

As I am in Nepal at the moment, literally tripping over sacred sites (which can't be great for my 'culturally sensitive' image), a quick post on temple looting here. Consider this the surface being scratched. The problem is complex. I'll be looking more into it in the future.