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IN Weird ON 01 May, 2016
The male human genitalia is a thing of great curiosity and interest. And I am not just talking about Mia Khalifa. There are many cultures from around the world who think the phallus indeed holds a great importance, so much that they have made it a point to worship it! Now it may sound weird if I ask you to go visit these places, but just in case you find Jim Morrison asking you about your will to be weird, and decide to be a little bit of it some time, here are a few places that would spin your head with their penis rituals.
On the first Sunday of every April, the Japanese celebrate the Kanamara Matsuri which roughly translates to Festival of the Steel Phallus. This festival is supposed to encourage fertility and marital bliss in between married couples. Iron Man, is that yours?
This can roughly be called the ethnic sexual treatment for infertility in Bangkok. This is a shrine which worships Chao Mae Tubtim which happens to be a spirit of female fertility. Wooden dildos are in plenty here and women come and worship at the place so that they may be blessed with children. They also take back wooden dildos if their wishes are fulfilled. Not just the morning wood for them anymore, eh?
This is South Korea's own way of saying "Kamasutra." The place was built to teach newlyweds the amorous ways of relishing each others' bodies. Other words, the place is about teaching people something outside the missionary style.
Bhutan's folks think that the phallus is not just about fertility, but it also guards you against evil spirits and for the same reason, they have built their faiths around it and have these Phallic Murals out of the respect for it. Suddenly I am not scared of the monsters under my bed now.
This rock was made in order to prevent the monks from going astray from their vows of celibacy. Ironically, it is now worshipped as a symbol of fertility. That escalated quickly.
This is one of those temples in India where you would find statues of people engaged in all kinds of sexual acts. This temple built in between 950-1050 AD has these carvings because, in those times, the temples also taught about bodily desires apart from other spiritual education.
Just like the other phallus fest in Japan, this one is celebrated on March 15 to promote fertility. I love Japan.
This is in England which should itself be a lesson that even the most educated and sophisticated people follow myths when it comes to sexual fertility. This chalk illustration of an erect Pagan warrior is supposed to have magical powers and having intercourse on the top of his erection is supposed to heal infertility.
This festival is at least one hundred years old and is all about teasing each other in public using fake penises.
New York city is the best city in the world for many reasons. This might as well be one. The museum opened in 2002 and aims at educating people about the evolution of sexuality and the intercourse. The place is crowded almost all the time.
The local people here believe that placing a penis shaped statue in this place will ensure a safe sail for the sailors on the open sea. This is supposedly done to appease the spirit of Phra Naga.
This is a burial ground in Northeast with rather odd-shaped head-stones. Almost 600 of these stones are in the shapes of the penis or the breasts.
This is a popular destination for couples to seek fertility blessings. This shrine was built in 1551 in the memory of a ruler's murdered son. Renly Baratheon?