Bhutan… A land where Phallus’s are revered.

In Bhutan, one can see paintings of erect ejaculating Penis all the places, can be seen painted on the walls of houses and buildings throughout Bhutan. They are everywhere. On doors, windows, signboards, murals and totems. On key chains, paperweights and souvenirs in all shapes and sizes. Traditionally symbols of an erect penis in Bhutan have been intended to drive away the evil eye and malicious gossip.


HISTORY : The often mentioned origin of the symbolic phallus is as a legacy of the popular Bhutanese saint Drukpa Kunley (1455–1529). Kunley migrated from Tibet, was trained in Ralung Monastery in Tibet, and belonged to the period of Pema Lingpa and was his disciple. He was a crazy saint who extensively travelled in Bhutan, who was fond of women and wine, and adopted blasphemous and unorthodox ways of teaching Buddhism. His sexual exploits included his hosts and promoters. He was utterly devoid of all social conventions and called himself the “Madman from Kyishodruk.”


Drukpa Kunley’s intention was to shock the clergy, who were uppity and prudish in their behaviour and teachings of Buddhism. However, his ways appealed to lay practitioners. It was he who propagated the legend of painting phalluses on walls and flying hanging phalluses from roof tops of houses to drive away evil spirits and subdue demonesses.


According to a legend, he used his phallus to fight demons and desecration of religious institutions. He would seek out wayward demons and beat them  into submission with his penis, and subdue the evil demonesses with his “magic thunderbolt of wisdom”. With his tantric teachings, he took females and his disciples along the path of sexual desire to awaken their divine nature.


Phalluses are also believed to prevent quarrels among the family members and couples. When a new house is built, the house warming ceremony requires to erect phallus symbols at the four corners of the house and one inside the house. The ceremony is performed by lifting a basket filled with phalluses to the roof of the house and fixing them there. These activities are accompanied with joyful phallic songs and dance.

Bhutan is not the only country, there are dozens where Phallic symbols are prayed and celebrated.

The phallus has been regarded as a symbol of power and fertility by many cultures around the world. Pagan religions in Europe right from the times of the ancient Greek civilizations have worshiped the phallus in many forms.

In India, Lord Shiva is worshiped as a Shiv Ling. The lingam is often represented alongside the yoni, a symbol of the goddess or of Shakti, female creative energy.


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