A tribute to penises (quite NSFW)


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Honestly, this is – oddly sounding enough – a ‘religious’ tradition in Kawasaki, one of Japan’s major cities. In fact, the ceremony, named Kanamara Matsuri, is annually held in one of the city’s main Shinto shrines.

Still, though, despite all the ‘bizarre’ assumption you create out of your mind, respect people’s cultures.

Source: Time Travel Turtle

Excerpt:

The shrine has been the place for people with penises in their prayers for more than four centuries. In the 1600s, this area was full of prostitutes and they would come here to ask for protection from sexually-transmitted diseases. Over time, people started coming to pray for fertility, long marriages, healthy births… and then (somehow) the penis symbology got twisted (sounds painful) to also represent a successful business and a prosperous life (try telling that to Tiger Woods!). 

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