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The Power of the Penis

The Power of the Penis

5 Penis Worshiping Religions…

Since the dawn of civilization, the penis has been a symbol of power, fertility and man’s primeval instinct to mate. In the west, penis mythology has all but died out, but across Asia, a rich cultural heritage is keeping it alive.

5 Religions That Worship Penises.

The Lingam

Lingam Penis Statue The Power of the Penis

The Lingam is the symbol of the Hindu god, Shiva’s, penis. Shiva is the Hindu god of destruction and change, the Lingham is the symbol of Shiva’s penis.

In Hindu mythology, when Shiva is killed, the goddess Kali squats over his body, rips out and eats his organs, and then mounts his still erect penis to complete the cycle of creation.

To worship the linga one must first wet the statue with milk or water, then pray or meditate. There are smaller pocket sized version which can be held in the hand and rubbed while meditating.

Mara Kannon Shrine, Tawarayama Japan

Mara Kannon Shrine The Power of the Penis

According to the 450 year old legend, two politicians, Mr Oji and Mr Sue, developed such a hatred for each other that the feud eventually came to death threats. In order to protect his son, Mr Oji disgused him as a girl and hid him in the local shrine. When Mr Sue found Oji’s son, he cut off his head and severed his penis.

When locals heard about the killing they started to make wood and ceramic phallus’s out of respect to the boy. From then on, they never stopped making them.

Mara Kannon Shrine 3 The Power of the Penis

Every year thousands of visitors come to the Mara Kannon Shrine in Tawarayama, Japan. The forest is littered with penis statues, some of which are over five feet tall. In addition to worshiping these tall statues, smaller statues can also be placed in the shrine and after years of worshiping, the shrine is literally over flowing with them.

Hounen Fertility Festival, Tagata Jinja, Komaki, Japan

Hounen Fertility Festival 2 The Power of the Penis

Although historians are not completely sure when this tradition started. Tagata Jinja is believed to be about 1500 years old.

Every year on March 15 a huge 9-feet-long, 620 lbs wooden phallus is carried a short distance between two shrines.

The ceremony has become so famous it attracts visitors from all over the world.

Hounen Fertility Festival 3 The Power of the Penis

Min, Egyptian God

Min Egyptian God The Power of the Penis

Min was an ancient Egyptian god of fertility. In Egyptian art and statues, Min is always pictured holding his erect penis with his left hand.

Min rose to prominence during the Middle Kingdom era, about 2050 BC, and by the New Kingdom era (1550 BC) he was the central figure in the Coronation Ceremony of every new Pharaoh. This involved a ritual in which the new Pharaoh would prove that he could ejaculate.

Min Egyptian God 2 The Power of the Penis

Today the modern city of Akhmim is built over the ruins of Min’s temple. At the temple, worshipers would rub the leaves of the Egyptian lettuce plant (Lactuca serriola) which would emit a milky white sap. Every year at the harvest festival, Egyptians would gather to play various games.

The Flaming Thunderbolt

Drukpa Kunley The Power of the Penis

The flaming thunderbolt is the symbol of Drukpa Kunley’s path to nirvana. Kunley a 16th century Buddhist monk also known as the Divine Madman, spent his life enlightening young women with the Flaming Thunderbolt – his penis.

Flaming Thunderbolt 1 The Power of the Penis

As well as the sexual experience, Kunley would give advice on spiritual peace. He preached that sexual ecstasy and drunkenness were the best ways to transcend the illusion of the material world and become one with oneself. And in exchange for his spiritual blessings, all of the women were required to pay him in beer.

“The best wine lies at the bottom of the pail/And Happiness lies below the navel.”

In Bhutan, the symbol of the Flaming Thunderbolt is highly respected. Over 80 percent of Bhutan’s 700,000 people are Buddhist, and nearly all of them use images of the Flaming Thunderbolt as a good luck symbol.

Flaming Thunderbolt The Power of the Penis

One of the best places to worship the Flaming Thunderbolt is at Kunley’s Chimi Lhakhang monastery, a three-hour drive from the capital of Thimphu. There, Monks use a large wooden phallus, carved by Kunley himself, to hit devotees over the head and bless them with it’s healing powers.

Kanamara Matsuri

Kanamara Matsuri The Power of the Penis

The Kanamara Matsuri (Festival of the Steel Phallus, かなまら祭り?) is an annual Shinto fertility festival held in Kawasaki, Japan in spring. The Kanamara Matsuri is centered around a local penis-venerating shrine once popular among prostitutes who wished to pray for protection against sexually transmitted diseases.

It is said that there are divine protections also in business prosperity and the clan’s prosperity, easy delivery, marriage, and married couple harmony.

Kanamara Matsuri 1 The Power of the Penis

There is also a legend of a sharp-toothed demon that hid inside the vagina of a young girl and castrated two young men on their wedding nights with the young girl before a blacksmith fashioned an iron phallus to break the demon’s teeth, leading to the enshrinement of the item.


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