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Why are the Bhutanese so obsessed with willies?


So much for free willy!

He indulged in local wine “Ara” and beautiful women, he adopted blasphemous ways of teaching non-monastic Buddhism or if you like it, he was there to challenge the orthodox practice of Buddhism.

For centuries, people in the tiny landlocked nation of Bhutan, have sworn spiritual allegiance to a divine human organ: the phallus, or as we know it, the “penis”. Anyone who’s been to Bhutan recounts sightings of “institutionalized” graffiti on the walls, commemorating a tradition that Buddhists solemnly swear by the wall paintings of penises; some big, some small, some terrifyingly huge and few with fangs.

They come in various colour schemes as well, while the most bizarre depictions of the ‘ the prick’ also have eyes! ….and yes, all of them are fully erect.

 

The image of a phallus dispels evil, acting as a protective shield from malice

and aids in fertility. It is symbolic of the teachings of Lam Drukpa Kunley,humorously known as Divine Madman, an eccentric saint who travelled in Bhutan, believed to be directed by his arrow shot all the way from Tibet.

He indulged in local wine “Ara” and beautiful women, he adopted blasphemous ways of teaching non-monastic Buddhism or if you like it, he was there to challenge the orthodox practice of Buddhism.

His anecdotes are fraught with references to over-indulgence in sex. “The best wine lies at the bottom of the pail,” he said, “and happiness lies below the navel.” Devoid of social conventions, Lam Drukpa Kunley called himself, the “Madman from Kyishodruk” also known as the “fertility saint”, he spent his days drinking with the women and deflowering virgins. He propagated an unorthodox branch of Buddhism, which was based on enlightening the common folk. He urged followers to denounce the greed of the world and lead honest lives, firmly bound to spirituality and openness of sexuality. He was also notable for offering blessings in the form of sexual intercourse.

 

There is an animist ritual, pre-dating the arrival of Buddhism, that is still practiced in the western part of Bhutan.

As part of the ritual during the festival of “Lhabo” (which means “calling the gods”), a community uses a ladder that has its edges curved in the shape of a penis. According to mythology, deities descend on a rope (tied to the ladder) and bless them with good health and prosperity.Scores of childless couples make pilgrimages to Chimi Lhakhang, the “fertility temple” where a Buddhist monk blesses them albeit, with a wooden phallus!