The Kathmandu Post. (2017) 4 held with ancient Buddha idol. The Kathmandu Post. 16 February
(Smuggler arrested with lord Buddha stolen in Gorakhpur)
Patrika. (2017) गोरखपुर में पांच करोड़ की मूर्ति बरामद तस्कर गिरफ्तार. Patrika. 5 February
Buda, D.B. (2017) Police recover most of stolen idols but culprits still at large. My Republica. 9 January
Buda, D.B. (2017) Police looking for Jumla's stolen idols arrest other criminals. My Republica. 7 January
Karki, Saurav (2017) Bringing the gods home. The Kathmandu Post. 3 January.
Karki, Saurav. (2017) Bringing the gods home. The Kathmandu Post. 3 January
Pariyar, Kamal. (2016) Police find new lead on stolen idols from Jumla. My Republica. 27 December
Kharel, Deepak. (2016) Ancient idols of gods under serious threat in Nepal. My Republica. 26 December
My Republica (2016) 'Stolen' Dattatreya idol found in wardrobe inside the temple. My Republica. 5 December.
Service, Express News (2016) 2 Nepalese henchmen of idol racket kingpin held. The New Indian Express. 30 November.
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.
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.