THE TEM­PLE OF FER­TIL­ITY, BHUTAN

India Today - - PHOTO ESSAY -

Prudes, stay away from the squat Sop­sokha vil­lage in Bhutan. It is oh, so phal­lic! On ev­ery door hangs a wooden phal­lus, on ev­ery wall is a painted phal­lus; you can pick a red, green, blue, long, short, crooked, twisted phal­lus as a sou­venir. And in Ch­himi Lhakhang (The Tem­ple of Fer­til­ity), a con­se­crated phal­lus is ac­tu­ally tapped on the head as divine bless­ing. Get­ting there: The tem­ple near Punkha is a 20-minute hike through the rice fields—there'’s no macadamised road to this tem­ple ded­i­cated to the Divine Mad Monk

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